Sir Alex Ferguson has set Manchester United a 90-point target to retain their Premier League crown this season.
United edged out Liverpool by four points last term after winning a third straight title with 90 points and the veteran Scot believes the same mark will be enough this year.
The Red Devils slipped up after losing their second game of the season 1-0 at Burnley in midweek and Ferguson has demanded an improvement ahead of Saturday's trip to Wigan Athletic.
"There is not much leeway," he said. "Last season we had a points total of 90 and even though we say it is the most competitive league, you still have to think of that figure to be the winner.
"Liverpool got 86 last season, which is an exceptional total too, but they only finished second."
Meanwhile, Ferguson has backed his current group of players to come good despite a slow start to the season.
"I will not be buying anyone," he added. "I made the point - and I am sure of it. This is a great group of players.
"Yes, we would like to score goals. We have to step up to the mark and I am quite confident we can do that."