Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United can win the Premier League if they’re in touch at New Year.
United are just two points from leaders Manchester City despite a series of average performances.
“It’s that kind of league, anyone can win it now,” Ferguson told ESPN FC.
“Leicester are the most consistent – they’ve only lost one game. If we get to New Year up near the top, we’ll have a good chance.”
Ferguson clearly believes United’s less-than-stellar start to the season can be attributed to an influx of new players, with Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay, Anthony Martial and Matteo Darmian all joining this summer.
“[Van Gaal has] certainly made a lot of changes and he’s bought new players this year and, I think, five or six new players the year before,” he added.
“That takes time and it’s not easy. Coming to Manchester United, you do need time. In my time, there was maybe Dwight Yorke who gave an immediate response – he was fantastic from day one.
“They are not always like that; he was an exception. It normally takes some time, particularly if they come from abroad, to settle in.”