Manchester United legend Andy Cole has revealed that he disagrees with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over the Red Devils’ title ambitions.
Solskjaer appeared to claim that it was still possible for United to become champions this year due to the unpredictable nature of this season.
“This period is going to be vital and it’ll be easier for me to answer around that time – I’d be disappointed if the players didn’t think we can put a challenge up,” said the Norwegian ahead of the trip to Sheffield United.
“At the moment, anything goes in the league. There’s different reasons for different results. I feel we’re getting better but we have to improve quite a bit to take that next step as well.”
However, Cole thinks Solskjaer needs to lower his expectations, insisting it will be some time until United can be considered serious title contenders again.
Speaking exclusively on the new The Target Men Podcast, Cole said: “Manchester United are definitely not contenders for winning the Premier League this season.
“I still think the club are a few years away from realistically competing to win the Premier League.
“I think the priority for Manchester United at the moment is to qualify for the Champions League and to hope to have a good cup run in a domestic competition.
“The pressure really is on for Manchester United to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League on a consistent basis again, which is maybe hard to say after the years of success with Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Qualifying for the Champions League has to become the norm and the minimal expectation again before the club can move forwards.
“The best players want to play in the Champions League and without that consistency, there’s not enough clarity to build a squad signing the best players and keeping the best players.
“It’s been one step forwards and two steps back in recent years.”
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