Roy Keane says Manchester United are not close to being title challengers (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United legend Roy Keane says the club should not get carried away with their recent form as they have a long way to go to catch rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

United extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches with a 2-1 win against Norwich in the FA Cup on Saturday, which set-up a semi-final date with Chelsea.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have a fantastic record in the head-to-heads against their main rivals this term, winning home and away against the likes of Chelsea and City.

However, they’re currently outsiders to finish in the top four and Keane says his former club won’t make the strides they need to make without strengthening their defence.

Sancho is a priority target (Picture: Getty)

‘They’re a few players off yet,’ Keane told the Irish Independent.

‘They have obviously strengthened but the table doesn’t lie. Look at their points total. I know people say they’ve had one or two decent results – against Man City and Liverpool – but it’s all about the point. They haven’t been consistent enough

‘They will certainly be pushing to get that fourth position but trying to get fourth and winning the league is a big leap. They need one or two players. I think United are short at the back

‘So, no, I don’t see United competing in the next year or two for the league. I think there’s going to be improvement and they will close the gap, but there is a bit of work to be done for Ole and the players. They’re missing something.’

Solskjaer is keen to add more attacking flair to his side and the Red Devils remain intent on signing Dortmund superstar Jadon Sancho.

Jack Grealish, the Aston Villa captain, remains a target while Birmingham wonderkid Jude Bellingham is expected to reject a move to Old Trafford in order to join Dortmund.

Solskjaer is an admirer of youngster Axel Tuanzebe and believes the centre-back could make the step-up to first team duty, which would offset the need to sign a new defender to partner Harry Maguire.

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