“When you’re at a club like Manchester United trying to win major honours one of your boys has got to get to 20 goals a season definitely.”
Cole also assessed United’s title prospects and admitted he still considers leaders Liverpool the favourites to retain the title.
He said: “I think the form United are now in, everyone should be looking forward to the New Year very happily.
“The form has really picked up. Listening to Ole speak about the mentality, the players have picked up a hell of a lot of confidence in the results they’ve got.
“I’m sitting here quietly thinking it could possibly be so [a title-winning season]. I don’t know, I think any team that finishes above Liverpool has got a chance of winning the league.
“They need to win more football matches, United, it’s as simple as that. To get to the next stage, naturally you’ve got to bring in players as well.
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“But if you continue to win it breeds confidence. Being in that position you know what it’s about. Keep winning, keep winning, keep winning, keep adding more and more players and you’ll get there.
“You look at Liverpool, it’s taken a little bit of time for them to get there. Look at Liverpool playing now, they all believe they can go and win the Premier League again.”