Manchester United still need four of five players to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool, according to Andy Cole.
United have fallen way down the pecking order in English football’s top flight since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013.
David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho were all unable to replicate the Scot’s success at Old Trafford, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has endured similar struggles since taking up the managerial mantle on a permanent basis in March 2019.
Despite the fact that the Red Devils finally seem to be heading in the right direction, Cole believes a number of extra recruits will be needed before they can start challenging the elite again.
When asked what United need to re-establish themselves as title contenders, a former Old Trafford favourite told MEN:
“It’s the million-dollar question, whatever we buy to try and close the gap Liverpool and Man City are trying to buy as well to open the gap even further.
“It’s like Formula 1, once one team starts to close the gap it seems another team does something to find a little bit more.
“Liverpool are going to win the league for the first time in 30 years, you turn around and think ‘how the hell has it taken this long’, it’s because the gap continues to grow and grow.
“What it will take? Four, possibly five players, then with performances the gap starts to close and the confidence grows.”