Club legend Andy Cole believes that Manchester United are years away from catching Liverpool and Manchester City to compete for the Premier League.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Cole speaks of the once-dominant United side he played in that everyone else was chasing.
Now he says it is United that is doing the chasing.
Andy Cole joined Manchester United from Newcastle in a then-record 8 million pound deal. He spent eight glorious years at the club.
He played 273 games for them, scoring 121 goals and having 44 assists.
He was part of one of United’s richest veins of form. Picking up a Champions League winners medal, five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, and an Intercontinental Cup.
If anyone knows about being at the top of the league and being chased its Cole.
“I genuinely believe we’re still a few years away.”
“We’ve just got to keep improving, keep bringing in better players and just try and improve season by season.”
“Because the two teams at the top – Liverpool and Manchester City – they’re pulling away from everyone.”
“I was in a team at Manchester United where we were doing exactly the same thing and in the end, everyone else closed the gap.”
“It’s a case of just keep persevering, keep improving season by season and closing the gap.”
United last won the title back in 2013 in Sir Alex Fergusons last season in charge.
The closest they have come was two years ago with Jose Mourinho, and that was a second-place finish some 19 points behind champions Manchester City.
Last year United finished 6th some 32 points behind repeat Champions City.
They currently sit 8th in the league, already five points behind City and seven adrift of Liverpool.
Let us not forget that Liverpool also won the Champions League last year, a tournament that United are not even involved in.
The last time United fell of the pace like this, it took 26 years for them to regain the top spot.
Surely when Cole says a few he doesn’t mean that many, does he?