Andy Cole compares Man United team to Real Madrid

Andy Cole believes that Manchester United are still a long way behind Real Madrid in terms of quality

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: UEFA / Handout

Andy Cole believes that Manchester United are still a long way behind Real Madrid as the Red Devils prepare for their return to the Champions League.

Manchester United are preparing to make their return to Europe’s elite club competition after having won the Europa League last season under Jose Mourinho to directly book their place in the group stage.

The Red Devils will take on Benfica, Basel and CSKA Moscow as they bid to make it out of Group A and into the last 16 of the prestigious competition.

However, former Manchester United striker Cole has warned the Red Devils that they are going to have their work cut out in the Champions League this season.

Cole is quoted as saying by Yahoo! Sport: “It’s massive for the club [to be back in the Champions League], because that gives you another platform to bring in the players that you need.

“That is what the fans want and what they expect at a club like Manchester United. So that is major as well.

“It gets tougher and tougher to win that Champions League. If you look at the team that has won it two years on the bounce now, we played them in the Super Cup and I think you saw the gap there.

“There was a big gap between Real Madrid and Manchester United. And Real Madrid had some of their better players on the bench as well. So to win that competition you are going to have to be in tip-top condition.”

Manchester United will first return to Premier League action this weekend when they travel to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City on Saturday evening.

The Red Devils are flying high at the top of the Premier League table after having won all three of their opening games.

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