Sean Dyche has said he believes Manchester United are not far away from challenging once again in the Premier League.
Dyche's Burnley side visit Old Trafford on Wednesday, and the Clarets manager has said the Red Devils could soon be back amongst the major contenders in the top flight.
"With Liverpool, it's taken them three, four, five years to get that to where it is now, it has taken time.
"Liverpool have managed to allow that period for that manager. Whether Man United allow that period for Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer], I don't know.
"... It's not an easy task, even at their level, even with their finances, even with their power to attract players. It's not easy to find a way of rebalancing.
"I don't think they're a million miles away, personally, and Ole's doing a good job of staying calm in that period, of finding the right players and mixtures to be successful."
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been in charge at United for 13 months, and consistency has been the major issue to face the Norwegian manager.
The exits of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling have left the Red Devils' dressing room short of experience, but it appeared necessary for Solskjaer to focus on building a more youthful squad over an extended period.
Aaron Wan Bissaka and Daniel James, both 22, were part of the additions with new captain Harry Maguire last summer, providing United with a hungrier squad.
However, a lack of numbers has hampered the team during injury layoffs for Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba. Marcus Rashford is now sidelined with a stress fracture in his back and might not return until April.
Dyche noted the England international will be a miss for the hosts on Tuesday night: "Injuries to very good players like Rashford are not helpful for them. It might be a help for us, who knows? That would be pleasant if it is."
United lie just six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea after the Blues drew 2-2 with Arsenal on Tuesday. A victory over Burnley would provide United with traction in their attempts to secure UEFA Champions League football next term.
Solskjaer could add to his squad before the January window shuts, and with Rashford on the shelf, United could do with signing a goalscorer who could add relief in the final third of the pitch.