Manchester United legend Andy Cole has urged the club’s supporters to hold their fire before they turn on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players.
United looked off the pace as they opened their Premier League campaign with a defeat against Crystal Palace. Soon after last weekend’s 3-1 loss, supporters were quick to question the club’s transfer policy and Solskjaer’s input.
However Cole has leapt to his former side’s defence, with the 1999 Treble winner insisting the club’s supporters need to accept time will be needed to revive the glory days at Old Trafford.
He also suggested that the primary reason for Liverpool‘s current success is Jurgen Klopp’s strong backing at Anfield.
“United might not win the Premier League title in the next couple of years, but that doesn’t mean everything is wrong at the club,” Cole told TEAMtalk.
“As a club, we are steeped in history, but our history does not mean we are entitled to win the Premier League any time soon. Football doesn’t work like that. As a Man United fan, we have to step back and ask how long it has taken Liverpool to the point where they are now.
“You could say it has taken them 30 years as that is how long they had to wait to win the title and in the same time, United won it 13 times and won lots of other trophies as well.
“Then you ask how long has it taken this current manager to get himself into the position he is in now? Five years and it shows that when a club has been through a difficult period, which United have been for one reason and another after Sir Alex Ferguson retired, it takes time to get back on track.
“I’m not saying it is going to take Man United 30 years to win the title again, but there is no magic wand to solve this problem. It’s tough now because everyone wants instant results.
“Social media is such a big thing now and that has changed the reaction to one big defeat. Everyone has got an opinion now and they all have a platform to express it, which wasn’t the case when I was playing.
“Football is such an opinionated thing and everyone is an expert who wants instant results. That isn’t always possible.”
Cole backs Man Utd stars to deliver success
Cole suggests the opening day defeat against Palace was not evidence that this season is doomed to end in failure, as he believes players like Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford will come good.
“United looked leggy and fitness wise Palace looked sharper, but you have to remember that it was the opening day of the season,” he added. “Mentally, all the Palace players looked to be on point and Man United didn’t look that way.
“If we play that game in November when everyone is on the same level in terms of preparation, most probably you get a different outcome, but you have to deal with that, which is what Ole is trying to do at the moment.
“Every game is a big game for Manchester United, that has always been the case, but it is even tougher now because people believe they can beat them and they want to rub their noses in it.
“I genuinely believe there is the potential in this team to do something special down the road with players like Greenwood and Rashford, but that last part of my sentence says a lot. It will be down the road. For the next couple of years, probably not. That’s what we need to understand.”
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