Sir Alex Ferguson doubts whether he will sign any more players before Manchester United face their "noisy neighbours" in the Community Shield at Wembley next month.
Ferguson signed three players right at the start of the summer but an extensive search for a playmaker to replace Paul Scholes has so far proved to be a failure. Ferguson is therefore preparing with the squad he has now for a Community Shield with a difference as it pitches United against their Manchester rivals, who won the FA Cup last term to end a 35-year trophy drought.
"It is not a normal Community Shield for Manchester United. It is addressing our noisy neighbours again. It will be an interesting match," said Ferguson.
It is a phrase Ferguson first used following United's dramatic derby triumph over City at Old Trafford in September last year.
City have since make even further inroads on the Red Devils territory, with Ferguson admitting the prospect of further signings is slim.
"We lost five players in their 30s this summer," said Ferguson.
"That helped finance the three younger players - Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David de Gea - I have brought to the club.
"At this moment, I can't see another addition. The type of player we might have been looking for is not available.
"I am happy with the players I have got at this moment in time."