Former England and Manchester City right-back Danny Mills has looked into his crystal ball and predicted it might take Manchester United another “ten years” to win the Premier League title again, the 36-year-old pundit told BBC Match of the Day 3.
This comes after the defending Champions suffered an embarrassing 3-0 defeat at home to Liverpool on Sunday, and they’re 18 points behind leaders Chelsea, 11 adrift the Reds, being their lowest position on the log in 24 years.
Mills said: “It could be 10 years at least before they win the title again,” Mills told BBC’s Match of the Day 3.
“The whole rebuilding process is going to take three or four years at least.”
He added: “Then you have got to think Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool will strengthen – and Tottenham and Arsenal could possibly strengthen as
United won the title by 11 points last season under Sir Alex Ferguson, but the Scot stepped down for David Moyes in the summer, and the former Everton gaffer has struggled to cope with the ginormous task at Old Trafford.
Aside from being out of the title race, the Old Trafford club are also 12 points off one of the top four spots needed to qualify for next season’s Champions League. They have only missed one
season of European football’s premier competition since 1993-94.
United could still qualify for the Champions League by winning this season’s competition. But the club
will have to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Olympiakos on Wednesday to stay in the tournament.
“David Moyes has not won the league. He has not won a trophy,” added Mills.
“If he had a good team he might get back in the top four and Champions League, but I think that they are a long way off competing and winning the title.
“Going into Manchester United, you had to build on massive success and that is where David Moyes has found it difficult.”
United striker Robin van Persie scored 26 league goals last season, but has scored just 11 so far in the current campaign.
“Van Persie doesn’t look like he wants to be there and wants to leave,” said Mills.
“You look at his body language and he doesn’t look happy there does he? Something is not right with him.”