Ryan Giggs has warned it could be ’15 or 20 years’ before Manchester United next win the Premier League title.
Manchester United have failed to win the league title since the departure of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson seven years ago, the 13-time Premier League winner calling time on a glittering career following the Red Devils title success in 2013.
The following seasons have seen the club remain in transition with a host of managers failing to replicate their previous success, the current side under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who led United to a third-placed finish last season.
Despite securing Champions League qualification, the club finished a huge 33 points behind champions Liverpool and Giggs believes his former side’s title drought could extend for much longer given the presence of Jurgen Klopp at Anfield and Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
‘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.’
Liverpool’s title success last season came after a barren run that stretched three decades, the Reds dominant era of the seventies and eighties followed by 30 years without a league title.
Giggs has compared United’s current predicament to that of their Merseyside rivals and has warned that it could take some time before the Red Devils compete once more, pointing to Liverpool’s gradual improvement over several seasons before finally winning the title under Klopp.
‘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.’