Cole predicts how long it will be until Man Utd return to their former glories

Andy Cole has warned it could take TWO YEARS before Manchester United get back to the top.

United legend Cole believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can return the club to former glories but insists it will take a long time to match the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.

But Cole insists that when they do get back to the top – they will stay there and dominate for years like they did in his heyday under Sir Alex Ferguson.

When asked how long it would take United to get back to the top, Cole said: “Two years. You watched the game on Sunday, Manchester City and Liverpool, that’s the level Manchester United have to get to and that’s not going to happen by next season.

“Everything is a process. It’s about consistency. In football it’s consistency and confidence and if you marry those things together then football won’t change.

“You have to be consistent in that as well. The gaffer always used to say that if you had eight or nine playing well of course you can carry the team. If you’re all playing well then who is going to beat you? You need that belief.

“We used to beat teams in the tunnel. They’d want to keep us quiet for 20 minutes but we’d want to score two in the first 20 minutes – and, from there, everything is possible.

“It’ll take two years because you have to add players, improve, add two or three players and really improve the team. That’s where you find the consistency.

“Ole is a Man United legend and of course he knows what it takes. I hope he gets as much time as is needed. When United get it right, they get it right and they dominate because they got it right.”

Fast Forward: The Autobiography: The Hard Road to Football Success by Andrew Cole is published on 12 November (Hodder & Stoughton, £20)

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