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Andy Cole says Man United needs more than just Jadon Sancho to take on Premier League title challenge

Andy Cole says Manchester United shouldn’t fool themselves into thinking Jadon Sancho will only turn them into title winners.

The Old Trafford legend believes that United are currently ‘two or three years behind’ rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

United have so far failed to sign Sancho’s No. 1 summer transfers target and are refusing to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £ 109 million asking price.

Man United legend Andy Cole says club is 'two or three years behind' rivals Liverpool and Manchester City when it comes to Premier League title battle

Man United legend Andy Cole says club is ‘two or three years behind’ rivals Liverpool and Manchester City when it comes to Premier League title battle

United have so far failed in their attempts to sign Jadon Sancho for summer transfers

United have so far failed in their attempts to sign Jadon Sancho for summer transfers

United have so far failed in their attempts to sign Jadon Sancho for summer transfers

The prospects don't look great for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United embarks on the new season

The prospects don't look great for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United embarks on the new season

The prospects don’t look great for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United embarks on the new season

And it has led to a feeling of despondency among United fans who were only made worse by last weekend’s 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener.

“We have to be realistic – to win the Premier League, Man United may be two or three years away,” said Cole.

‘We have to be honest, I’m not going to try to fool anyone.

If you buy Jadon Sancho for £ 109 million, does that mean Manchester United will win the league?

“It may come a little closer, but when you see Liverpool added two very good players, Manchester City added two very good players, it takes more than that to win the league.”

‘If you look at Liverpool, it took them 30 years to win the league and they went through a lot of different players to get there.

United were beaten 3-1 by Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in their opening game

United were beaten 3-1 by Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in their opening game

United were beaten 3-1 by Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in their opening game

Donny van de Beek, signed from Ajax, remains United's only acquisition of the summer so far

Donny van de Beek, signed from Ajax, remains United's only acquisition of the summer so far

Donny van de Beek, signed from Ajax, remains United’s only acquisition of the summer so far

Man United fixtures

Premier League, unless stated otherwise

Saturday Brighton (A)

Wednesday Brighton (A)

Carabao Cup Fourth Round

4 October Tottenham (H)

October 17 Newcastle (A)

the 24th of October Chelsea (H)

October 31st Arsenal (H)

Competitions subject to change

And look at Manchester City, how many years did it take them to win the league, how many players did they go through?

‘I am a realist. I know if they brought in Sancho he would obviously improve Manchester United.

Would he improve Manchester United to the point that they would blow the other two teams away? I’m not quite sure about that. ‘

Although United, led by Cole’s former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, finished third in last season’s Premier League, finishing 33 points behind champions Liverpool and 14 points shy of second place City.

And the former striker doesn’t believe United will necessarily get any closer this season.

“I want to sit here and say Man United will win the league this season, but then I would look in the mirror and say ‘why am I lying?’” He said.

We have to be honest and say United is two to three years away. The gap must close, it must be closed.

‘But while you’re trying to close the gap, the team you’re working against is also trying to improve.

‘Football is a cycle. One day you will close that gap, but the team below you will also get there. ‘

United’s lack of team depth came to light at the end of last season when they had to compete on three fronts after the June restart.

And with just one signing from the summer so far – Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek – the situation hasn’t improved as we enter a hectic schedule this season.

But Cole points out that signing up for quality players is easier said than done.

Liverpool ended their long wait for a Premier League title last season and Cole believes United is well behind their Merseyside rivals

Liverpool ended their long wait for a Premier League title last season and Cole believes United is well behind their Merseyside rivals

Liverpool ended their long wait for a Premier League title last season and Cole believes United is well behind their Merseyside rivals

Cole also believes United is well behind Manchester City, but will catch up

Cole also believes United is well behind Manchester City, but will catch up

Cole also believes United is well behind Manchester City, but will catch up

“Which good player wants to sit on the couch?” he said.

‘It’s a juggling act, but if you look at the starting XI at United, you can say it’s good, it’s very good.

‘If you need someone to replace those really good players, he’ll turn around and say,’ I’m a really good player, why would I want to sit on the bench? I might as well go where I’m going to play. ‘

When you look at Liverpool and Manchester City, things like that are easier because while they may not all get playing time, you know they will try to win big honors at the end of the season.

“That softens the blow because you know that the team plays 60 games per season and the chances of winning are very high.”

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