Manchester United stand-in skipper Patrice Evra admits the Reds need to improve next season, although is adamant there is no need for a mass overhaul of Sir Alex’s squad.
United lost the league title to neighbours City on goal difference, a shift in power in Manchester that has prompted some to suggest major personnel changes are required at Old Trafford.
But Evra insists there’s no need for kneejerk reactions... and trusts the manager to make the right decisions in the transfer market.
“We always need to improve,” he said. “I'm not crazy. Every player has to be better next season than we were this season, even if we haven't been as poor as a lot of people are saying. And yes, fans will want to see a few new players.
“But that's not my job. I trust totally in the boss. He'll do the right thing. There aren't many players who can play for Manchester United. It's not easy. But transfers are not my job. If we need players, the boss will make the best decision.
“What we have to do - the players who are already here - is try and improve and realise that it is always a privilege to play for Manchester United. We will make sure we work hard in pre-season and ensure we're ready for the next challenge.
"We killed ourselves this season when we were eight points clear with six points to go. To be winning 4-2 against Everton and then, in the last six minutes, end up with a draw at Old Trafford... I thought something like that wasn't possible.”
In the end, United took City right to the edge - to the final minutes of the season, in fact - before ultimately falling at the final hurdle.
And while Patrice admits there is only scant consolation in finishing second on goal difference