Man Utd news: Cole reveals when Utd will be challenging Liverpool and Man City for title | Football | Sport
United have not won the league since legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
The Red Devils finished down in sixth last season, a whopping 32 points behind champions City.
Liverpool were just one point adrift of City in second.
Cole says City and Liverpool are creating a gap on the teams below them similar to how the successful United sides he played in did.
However, he reckons if United persevere with what they are doing then they will eventually get back to where they were.
“I genuinely believe we’re still a few years away,” Cole told Sky Sports.
“We’ve just got to keep improving, keep bringing in better players and just try and improve season by season, because the two 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 same thing and in the end, everyone else closed the gap.
“It’s a case of just keep persevering, keep improving season by season and closing the gap.”
Cole’s former United team-mate Roy Keane has recently reignited a feud with his old boss Ferguson, with the Irishman questioning whether the Scotsman always had the club’s best interests at heart.
However, ex-striker Cole hopes the pair can settle their differences.
“It’s disappointing but I’m just hoping that both of them can address the situation and work it out because I’ve got a lot of time for the pair of them,” Cole added.
“I spoke to Roy the other day and I’ve always had a great relationship with Sir Alex, so fingers crossed they will be able to sort it out.”