Roy Keane's earlier criticism of Manchester United was backed up by Paul Scholes despite their win over Newcastle on Sunday.
The Red Devils moved back into second place after a 3-1 win over the Magpies at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes were all on the scoresheet as they reclaimed their spot over Leicester, who beat Aston Villa earlier in the day.
It means they are now 10 points behind Manchester City – who have won 18 matches in a row.
Pep Guardiola's men may be too far to catch now, but had United started the season in decent form there might be a bit of a title battle.
However, as it stands it appears that the best Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can do is apply some pressure.
And ex-United captain Keane revealed that it was down to a lack of belief over themselves.
Earlier this month, United drew 3-3 with Everton after the Toffees scored an equaliser with the last kick of the match.
Afterward in the Sky Sports studio, Keane said: “I’m surprised really, we weren’t thinking this over the last 12 months that United could challenge Manchester City but I think they’ll be the best of the rest.
"Listening to Ole and the last few performances and the goalkeeper last night… they probably don’t have the belief they can challenge Man City.
"And if you don’t have the belief you can do it, then there’s a good chance you won’t do it.
"Obviously when Ole came out with it last night that he didn’t feel they are ready to win the league, I just think if you’re playing for United and you’re up near the top you’ve got to believe you can win the league title."
And Scholes has backed up his former team-mate, admitted after the Newcastle win: "When United have been where they’ve been for the last few years, it’s difficult to get too excited.
"Five games ago, top of the league, going to Anfield, and from then on, it’s been really disappointing.
"He (Solskjaer) did play it down a little bit as you’d probably expect and now he’s saying they’re going for it, they’re going to try and catch them.
"It’s difficult to say when you see what you see in front of your face, don’t you, on a Saturday afternoon or Wednesday night, whatever it may be, and once they got to that position, they really lacked the authority to go on, lacked the belief, to go on and think they could win it.”
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