Andy Cole says Manchester United are”still a few decades away” from competing to the Premier League title, however, believes they could close the gap Manchester City and Liverpool by simply keeping up a patient approach.
United, who last won the league title in 2013, are in the table after track league leaders Liverpool and four games by seven factors.
They finished 32 points but United striker Cole says Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need to stay patient.
“I genuinely believe we are still a couple of years past,” Cole told Sky Sports.
“We have just got to keep improving, keep bringing in better players and only attempt to improve season , since the 2 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 exact identical thing and ultimately, everybody shut the gap.
“It’s a situation of keep persevering, keep improving season and closing the gap.”
Cole talked about the association between his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson and beyond team-mate Roy Keane.
The Republic of Ireland midfielder reignited that a feud with Ferguson after questioning whether the Scot’s activities were in the best interests of their club.
“It is disappointing but I’m just hoping that the two of them can deal with situation and work it out because I’ve got a great deal of time to the set of them,” Cole added.
“I spoke to Roy another day and I have always had a fantastic relationship with Sir Alex, so fingers crossed they are going to be able to sort it out”
United return after the worldwide break when they host Brendan Rodgers’ unbeaten Leicester on September 14 in Old Trafford.
Cole was speaking at BGC Partners’ Annual Charity Day to commemorate the colleagues lost from the World Trade Centre attacks on September 11, 2001.