'United are definitely not contenders'

English Premier League

Manchester United legend Andy Cole says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's charges are 'definitely' not contenders for the Premier League title.

The Red Devils have been blowing hot and cold this season but after the win over Sheffield United sit just five points behind league-leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.

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However, Cole, who scored 121 goals in 275 appearances for the Red Devils, feels his former club are still a few years away from challenging for the league title, which they last won in 2013.

"Manchester United are definitely not contenders for winning the Premier League this season," the United legend told The Target Men Podcast.

"I still think the club are a few years away from realistically competing to win the Premier League. I think the priority for Manchester United at the moment is to qualify for the Champions League and to hope to have a good cup run in a domestic competition.

"The pressure really is on for Manchester United to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League on a consistent basis again, which is maybe hard to say after the years of success with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Qualifying for the Champions League has to become the norm and the minimal expectation again before the club can move forwards."

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