Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs admits the club could be forced to wait for a long time to win their next Premier League title, as he admitted they could face a 20-year wait outside of the winners' circle.
Speaking to Jamie Carragher on The Greatest Game podcast, the Welsh winger who won 13 Premier League titles in his decorated career at United admitted his former club face a long road as they aim to revive their glory days.
Liverpool had a 30-year wait for a domestic league title before that was ended last July and when asked whether United could be in for a similar delay, Giggs suggested Liverpool and Man City will be the teams to beat for some time to come if their managers Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola remain in place.
"Yes, 100 per cent. It could be 15, 20 years before you know it, especially if Klopp and Guardiola stick around," he stated.
"They have got the resources and the players so we have Liverpool to look at where the last time when they won it in 1990 they thought we'll win it again soon.
"Even Klopp took four and a half years for him to win it - it takes a long time. You have to think about what Klopp did.
"He improved the team every season or won a trophy like the Champions League and then you saw the improvement so the pressure was off a little bit.
"Every manager and signing is seen as the one that will win us the league and it's not like that."
The pessimism voiced by Giggs was not shared by his former United team-mate Louis Saha, as he told sundayworld.com that United could return to winning ways under current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
"I don't think we need to wait two years for this United team to have success because it can be sooner than that, but it is hard to recreate what we had when I was at the club and they were winning every season," Saha told us.
"The Premier League has changed since my time as a United player and there are so many more clubs with real ambition now.
"Tottenham is there, Arsenal is there, Chelsea are spending so much money and we have just come out of transfer window where we had £1billion spent by the Premier League clubs.
"This is a tough league to be successful in and Ole is expected to bring success to United when so many managers have failed in recent years.
"We also have to remember that we don't always understand what happens behind the scenes at a club. Maybe they has been an attachment to one agent and that has been a factor in why things have been hard in the transfer market, but there are several reasons why the team are not playing as the fans would expect at the moment.
"I still believe there is enough quality in that squad to have a successful season and when we see Liverpool and Manchester City struggling at the start of this season it reminds us that every team can stumble at times."