Manchester United don’t expect the club to be challenging for the Premier League title until 2022, according to reports.
United slipped to a demoralising 2-0 defeat against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday, stretching their winless run on the road to seven Premier League matches.
West Ham winger Andriy Yarmolenko landed the first blow a minute before half-time and full-back Aaron Cresswell supplied the knockout punch with a spectacular late free-kick.
The Red Devils have won only five of the 17 matches played since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given the managerial job on a full-time basis in March.
A report in the Daily Mail on Tuesday said that United see Solskjaer as ‘still the right man for the job’ despite their early season form.
ESPN adds that there ‘now an acceptance the team is unlikely to challenge for the Premier League until the 2021-22 season at the earliest’ and that United will need those transfer windows to eradicate ‘mistakes of the post-Ferguson years can be properly rectified’.
The report continues by saying that United are ‘determined’ to get their structure off the pitch right with the club also reportedly acknowledging the huge gap between their squad and that of arch-rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
Solskjaer is understood to be ‘aware’ of United’s ‘three-year plan’ and their reluctance to attempt another ‘quick fix’.