When a new signing arrives at a football club there is often a tendency to look at whose place in the team he might take, but inside dressing rooms the fear factor isn't always as strong.

Every footballer accepts it's a squad game now and they know that if you want success it's going to require depth to achieve that. If that means competition for your place then it's a challenge you simply have to rise to.

Nobody reaches a club like Manchester United if they're living in fear of losing their place to the next big signing. The players in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad want trophies but they know to achieve that they need greater depth as well.

While the lack of much of a pre-season is a significant factor in the defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday and United will improve during this week, it's also clear that they need further reinforcements if they're to maintain progress in the Premier League and challenge for silverware in the cups.

If the powerbrokers at the club had any doubt about that, they only had to listen to the post-match views of one of their own players.

Luke Shaw's position could be under threat with a new left-back a potential arrival this summer, but he's seen every one of United's top-six rivals strengthen with at least two new signings this summer and fears his own club being left short.

"We have a very good group, but personally I think we need more players to strengthen the squad. It can give us a boost. When you look around at how other teams are strengthening their teams, then we must also do it to keep up with the others," he told Norwegian television station TV2.

Keeping up with the others should be the base of United's ambitions this season but right now, having seen Chelsea spend more than £250million this summer, having seen Arsenal start the season with two wins and Tottenham kick into gear at Southampton yesterday, there is a fear around United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United made waves with the high-profile signing of Dutch wonder Donny van de Beek - and a lot is expected of him at Old Trafford.

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The lack of squad depth is taking nobody by surprise. This was an issue throughout last season, especially towards the end of the campaign, and it beggars belief that the issue is still as stark on the opening day of a new season.

United are short of options up front and in defence, but so far their only signing has been a midfielder, albeit a very good one in Donny van de Beek for a very good fee at £35million.

If the transfer window closes and United haven't strengthened in key areas then this season threatens to be a long one, with games coming thick and fast, which is why Shaw is urging the club to step up their own transfer business.

"We are going to fight for this season," he told Stadium Astro. "The most important thing is that we take cups and we want to take prizes. This is the most important thing for the club. I think the club improved a lot last season.

"We want to do this again and I want to help the team. We need a lot of players because we play three games in a week so it is a lot, and we want to fight for every competition."

Those three games a week are going to prove a curse rather than a blessing for this United squad at the moment. They looked short of depth last season and nothing has changed to alter that.

The club need to take the message from their own players on board and begin to give Solskjaer the tools he needs to mount a credible challenge for trophies.