Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United have already spent big in this preseason transfer window, halting any suggestion that the Glazer family have a tight hold of the purse strings at Old Trafford.
With the arrival of defender Phil Jones and winger Ashley Young, Ferguson has set out his stall, and the other premiership teams had better take heed: Manchester United have and are going to spend big to further strengthen a squad that last year were crowned champions of England.
Formidable is a word that comes to mind when contemplating Manchester United and their manager.
Certainly, with further additions to the squad in the coming weeks likely, United will go from strong to stronger.
Rumours of Ferguson retiring that surfaced at the end of last season lasted as long as an ice cube in hell. Sir Alex is staying, and to other teams in the hunt for the English Premiership title, that spells trouble.
Moreover, Europe's top clubs beware: United will be back next season with a manager hungry for the Champions League trophy and a stronger squad with which to win it.