I was at Manchester United when they won their first Premier League title in 1993. That was the club's eighth title overall, and I can assure everyone that at the time none of the players could have imagined that United would now be on the verge of beating Liverpool's record of 18 titles.
For Sir Alex Ferguson, however, I think it was always a different story. He came to United with the aim of one day surpassing Liverpool's domestic dominance and, after winning his first Champions League, set his sights on beating them in Europe too.
If United beat Barcelona in this season's final at Wembley, his thoughts will no doubt immediately turn towards becoming the first manager to win four European Cups at the same club, again beating a mark set by a Liverpool boss.
It is that kind of drive and determination to constantly set new targets and break new records which has been the cornerstone of United's success over the past two decades. He demands the same ambition from his players and all the people who work around him, and has little time for those who fall short of those standards.
I have said recently on a few occasions that this Premier League season has not been the best in terms of quality, and that it has been as much about the other top teams falling short as much as it has been about United being the best team. Even if they win both of their remaining games, it will still be the lowest title-winning points total in a decade.
But the fact that they have come out on top in such an odd season makes you wonder what price you would get on them making it to 20 championships next season. Their main rivals have certainly got to pull their fingers out if any of them are going to stop that happening.
Chelsea may have run United closest this season, but their performance on Sunday at Old Trafford shows they have got a lot of work to do. For all their great service over the years, John Terry and Frank Lampard just look well off the pace against top opponents these days. Didier Drogba too seemed oddly powerless. I cannot remember the last time he had such an ineffectual match for Chelsea.
There is plenty that needs to be done to that squad to make them a true elite force again, especially if Fernando Torres does not finally play like a footballer worth £50 million from the off next season. If Roman Abramovich does decide to sack Carlo Ancelotti then that, I believe, will only set their progress back even further.
Rather appropriately, considering how spineless they have been at times this season, Arsenal could really do with strengthening the core of their team as well as adapting their philosophy. They are crying out for a new centre-back, a proper holding midfielder and an out-and-out goalscorer. Arsene Wenger needs to accept that Robin van Persie will never be fit for an entire season and sign a striker who is not so bothered about playing pretty football but knows how to nick a goal.
With the money they have, Manchester City may well prove to be the most consistent rivals to United in the coming years, but until they change their approach that will not happen. City may well win their first trophy in over 30 years at Wembley on Saturday, but the FA Cup is still a poor return given the quality they have had in their squad all season. In this day and age it is impossible to win a major league playing as negatively as they have done this season.
Liverpool themselves have improved vastly since Kenny Dalglish arrived in January - they have picked up 30 of their 55 points so far this term in just 15 league games under him. Once he is signed on to do the job permanently, he can start making changes to the squad which will keep them on that upward trajectory. However, completing a transformation from lower mid-table strugglers to title winners in the space of 18 months may be even beyond Kenny's abilities.
United, of course, can and do need to improve too, but theirs is the most solid base from which to do so. Aside from the pressing matter of replacing Edwin van der Sar in goal, a couple of canny additions to add legs to the midfield and perhaps another striker to provide competition for the ones already there are really all that are needed, in my opinion.
But Ferguson will be aware of all this. His recent policy of leaving out Dimitar Berbatov - still the Premier League's top scorer even now - has shown he is not afraid of making the big decisions, something which has served United so well for the past 25 years and will continue to do so until whenever it is he finally decides to call it a day.