Ryan Giggs has admitted that Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal all need to accept that they are nowhere near close enough to challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title.
The Old Trafford legend took over as caretaker manager last season following the sacking of David Moyes and was retained by new boss Louis van Gaal this summer to become one of his coaches.
"Chelsea are head and shoulders above anyone else"
Despite the Dutchman's pedigree as a coach of the highest order, Manchester United have struggled for consistency this season and have fallen way off the pace in the Premier League, which is being set by Jose Mourinho and his men.
Chelsea are currently six points clear of second-placed Southampton, while United are 13 points off the Stamford Bridge club - and few teams look as though they can even begin to overhaul that deficit. Giggs is under no illusions regarding this and was open in his judgement that no other team is playing at the level of the league leaders.
"...I think everyone will agree that Chelsea are head and shoulders above anyone else at the moment," he is quoted as saying in The Guardian.
United went into fourth at the weekend with what can diplomatically be called a fortunate three points over Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners thoroughly outplayed Van Gaal's men but handed the 2-1 victory to their old rivals with come breathtakingly calamitous defending.
When the Red Devils opened the scoring thanks to a Kieran Gibbs own goal, they had not had a single shot on target, while David de Gea was called into action on numerous occasions. Giggs is not too worried about it and was confident the team would build on that result.
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Such an up and down season in the Premier League so far, with four of last season's top seven sitting outside of it, Giggs even went so far as to suggest the top flight was beginning to resemble lower divisions.
"It’s never easy winning the league or never easy beating teams in the Premier League, we’ve seen that this season it’s getting more like the Championship has been year after year it’s a case where anyone can beat anyone so you have to be at your best every week and hopefully we will be," he added.
"We’ll keep improving, get players back on the pitch and, like I say, there’s enough talent in that dressing room to take us up the League and try to finish as high as we can."