Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed Manchester City's chances of being title contenders in the 2009-10 season.
City boss Mark Hughes has strengthened his squad with the captures of Gareth Barry, Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz and Carlos Tevez already this summer and continues to be linked with a host of other players including John Terry and Joleon Lescott.
However, Ferguson has written off the hopes of a side that finished tenth in the Premier League last term when they lost more games than they won.
He said: "It won't be easy for them to win anything, even with the players they've bought. I can't look at them as our main competitors. Liverpool and Chelsea are our main competitors.
"I didn't think he (Tevez) was worth £25million - that's just my judgment, maybe I'm wrong.
"The fans quite rightly have their heroes and I respect them, so I was happy to go along with a deal as long as it was the right one - but he simply wasn't worth £25million.
"If I was in City's shoes, with all that kind of money, then I'd have a go at signing John Terry.
"I think it's sensible. He has experience and is the England captain. For some reason they must have known that he was interested. I'm sure there have been plenty of phone calls going on.
"They've bought a lot of high-profile players but they have ten strikers. That's a hell of a lot. I haven't spoken to all the managers but the one or two I have are saying 'Who are they going to leave out?'
"How does he pick a team? We're all interested."