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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United still need ‘four or five’ new players to catch Premier League leaders Liverpool, according to former Red Devils striker Andy Cole.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were fifth in the English top-flight – 37 points behind Liverpool – when the 2019-20 season was suspended due to coronavirus.

The Red Devils were beginning to show signs of improvement under Solskjaer but Manchester United legend Cole says his former club still need to sign several players to close the gap on the likes of Liverpool and City.

He told MEN: ‘It’s the million-dollar question, whatever we buy to try and close the gap Liverpool and Man City are trying to buy as well to open the gap even further.

‘It’s like Formula 1, once one team starts to close the gap it seems another team does something to find a little bit more.

‘Liverpool are going to win the league for the first time in 30 years, you turn around and think “how the hell has it taken this long”, it’s because the gap continues to grow and grow.

‘What it will take? Four, possibly five players, then with performances the gap starts to close and the confidence grows.’

Cole, right, was part of the United squad that won the treble (Picture: Getty)

Cole, who was part of the Manchester United team that won the treble in 1998-99, added: ‘I think it’s about the winning mentality.

‘We always had that winning mentality, training was fierce but the camaraderie was fantastic, it was unbelievable.

‘We all had the same goal come the end of the season and that was to win. Once you have things like that it’s half the battle.’

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