Manchester United Supporters’ Club secretary Ben Bryans admits it will take Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ‘three and four years’ to get close to bitter rivals Liverpool.
United host Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, sitting 12th in the Premier League and languishing 15 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side in the table.
Liverpool are aiming to win their 18th consecutive league match, which would equal Manchester City’s record in 17/18, and Bryans acknowledges there is a huge distance between the two clubs.
He said: “There is a massive gap at the minute between the two clubs. We are at least three or four years away.”
Bryans believes recruitment in the transfer window has been a problem for United, but thinks the club should show patience with the manager, like Liverpool did with Klopp.
He added: ”We didn’t get as many in as we should’ve done last summer. But when you when look at Klopp’s first 29 games, he had a worse record than Solskjaer. You’ve got to give him time.”
Four famous Man United-Liverpool matches
4) Liverpool 3-1 Man United (2018) It was the final match of Jose Mourinho’s eventful tenure. It was yet another substandard performance that ultimately brought the end of his reign, with two goals from Xherdan Shaqiri proving the difference at Anfield,
3) Liverpool 1-2 Man United (2012) Robin Van Persie was once again the match-winner for Man United in this glorious season for the Dutchman. He scored an 81st minute penalty to give Sir Alex Ferguson’s side a crucial win.
2) Man United 1-4 Liverpool (2009) – Liverpool secured a famous win at Old Trafford, embarrassing their rivals, coming back from 1-0 down to win 4-1. Nemanja Vidic was terrorised by Fernando Torres and the win was capped off by an Andrea Dossena lob over Edwin Van Der Sar. The win was not significant enough to hand Liverpool the title, with United overcoming Rafa Benitez’s men.
1) Man United 2-1 Liverpool (1977 FA Cup Final) Liverpool were just one win away from an unprecedented treble, but they were halted by Ron Atkinson’s men, with a Wembley winner from Lou Macari.