'It could be 2024 before United win the title again' says ex-City defender

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Former Manchester City and Leeds United defender believes it could take Manchester United another 10 years before they lift the title again.

David Moyes will be given a huge transfer kitty in the summer to strengthen the squad. He will need to shift a lot of the deadweight on as well and it will be almost a completely different squad come August, one would expect. At least that's what many United fans would hope. The performance against Liverpool was lifeless, abject, and void of any quality.

The transformation at Old Trafford won't just take place over the summer, it could be three or four years worth of spending and shipping out players. Players such as Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic can't be replaced instantly and the club could go through years of transition.

Danny Mills thinks it could be another ten years before Manchester United lift the Premier League trophy once more and clinch their 21st title. Speaking on Match of the Day 3, Mills said "It could be 10 years at least before they win the title again. 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 well."

Mills hits the nail on the head there, Manchester United need to rebuild their squad whilst the other title challengers don't need to go through such a radical process. They can afford to add one or two players a year and it wouldn't take long for them to gel. If United are going to be making considerably more signings than that then it will certainly take a while for them to start playing like a team.

Danny Mills added that Moyes would always have found this season difficult especially with the squad he was left with. "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."

As well as an overhaul of the playing staff, Moyes may also have to deal with a few seasons away from the Champions League. That will lead to a loss of money compared to previous seasons and certain cuts would have to be made at the club. There has already been talk that they could play friendlies abroad instead of the Champions League to raise funds. That would be an unwelcome disruption to the season.

Fans will be more expectant after just one year out of the Champions League. They would expect an immediate return. High profile signings are likely to be made in the summer and they will come with huge pressure from the fans who will demand an instant impact.

With so many Manchester United fans having never lived through a season such as this one (Manchester United's lowest ever finish in the Premier League is 3rd) they may stay away until the improvements are clear to see. Let's be honest, a lot of Manchester United's fans only exist due to their success, and a trophyless spell could see their support drop.

It could well be ten years before United can once again be at the same level as Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool. Liverpool are proof of how a side can be so successful and then suddenly go through a long period of drought. They were hugely successful in the 1970's and 80's before a decline in fortunes that still exists to some extent.

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