Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole has poured cold water over the club’s ambitions to win the Premier League next season, by insisting that qualification for the Champions League should be the main aim once again.
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The Red Devils are expected to pose a serious threat to the title next season as manager Louis van Gaal is set to be handed a hefty war chest in the summer as he looks to rebuild the playing staff at Old Trafford.
But Cole, who scored 121 goals across six years with United, has said that he doesn’t believe his former club will be able to bridge the gap to the current champions Chelsea next year and he also believes Arsenal will be better equipped to challenge:
“The aim should be the same again – to finish in the Champions League.” he stressed (via Mirror Online)
“To win the Premier League next year would be very, very tough.”
“Chelsea have been the best team. In the first half of the season they played very well and in the second half they ground results out. How many teams can do what Chelsea do? There are going to be the team to beat next season.”
“Arsenal will be there if they buy a couple of players. If you miss out for two years it gets harder and harder. It will be tough for Manchester United to win the Premier League next year.” Cole added.
Barring an unlikely miracle on the last day of the season United are likely to finish fourth in the table and will face a qualifier at the start of next season to make the group stages of Europe’s elite club competition.