Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has issued a warning to his Manchester United side, insisting they need to start the new season on a strong note and avoid a repeat of last year.
United lost three of their opening six Premier League games last term, including a loss to Crystal Palace on the first day of the season, and Solskjaer warned his side that another slow start could impact their title hopes.
He told the club's official website: "There'll probably be less and less for the kids - that's just the way it goes. We have to start better than last season. We didn't get off to a decent start at all and now it's first one under the belt.
"I think the Premier League is more competitive [than it used to be]. We had [when I was a player] maybe one competitor every season so, of course, the first six or seven games, it's very important to stay there. You don't win the league in the first six or seven games, but you can lose the chance of winning the league."
The Red Devils finished second last season, 12 points behind champions Manchester City, and are desperate to close the gap this season. They have close to bringing in Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, and have been linked with a number of targets as Solskjaer looks to bolster his squad.