Ryan Giggs is concerned that Manchester United could easily reach 15 or 20 years without winning the Premier League title, especially if Liverpool and Manchester City keep hold of their world class managers.
The Red Devils have already gone seven seasons without lifting the Premier League trophy, their last coming in 2013 in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last campaign in charge.
Since then they have not even come close to regaining the league title, finishing second just once in 2017/18, but 19 points behind champions Manchester City.
A third place finish last season looked encouraging under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but it has been a slow start to this campaign with just seven points from the first five games and a title challenge looks unlikely once again.
Giggs does not expect the long wait for a league title to be over any time soon and there could still be 10 or more years to wait before the Red Devils scale the summit once again, given the competition from their fiercest rivals.
‘100% it could [be 10 or 12 years]. It could be 15 or 20 years before you know it,’ Giggs told Jamie Carragher on The Greatest Game podcast.
‘Especially if [Jurgen] Klopp and [Pep] Guardiola stick around, they’ve got the resources and obviously the players.’
Giggs has seen how easily this can happen and even when a club finds the right formula, it can take time for it to be successful.
‘I think we have got Liverpool to look at, the last time they won it, they thought “we’ll win it again soon.”
‘Even Klopp, it took four-and-a-half years to win it, it takes a long time.
‘I think what Klopp did, he improved every season or won a trophy, won the Champions League, you see that improvement so the pressure is off a little bit.
‘Whereas every manager, every signing is seen as “he’ll win us the league” but it’s not like that.’