Chelsea to become greatest threat to Man Utd if Jose Mourinho returns – Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims Chelsea will become the biggest threat to his side for the Premier League title next season if Jose Mourinho decides rejoin his former club at the end of the season.
The Old Trafford boss is moving towards Manchester United’s 20th league title with his side 15 points clear of defending champions and second-placed Manchester City. Sir Alex Ferguson’s biggest test from the remaining season arrives on Monday, where Manchester United will have to battle with Manchester City at home.
The bitter rivalry between the Manchester clubs should be evident in the mouthwatering game at Old Trafford tonight with Sir Alex Ferguson admitting that the enmity between the two sides had increased since they both started battling for the league title.
Manchester United are smoothly sailing towards the Premier League title this year, yet Sir Alex Ferguson believes his side will have to more competition to deal with next season.
“We've got a lot of youth in the team, there's no doubt about that,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “The record over the last 20 years tells you we're not going away. So I'd expect us without doubt to have a real good challenge next year.”
The 71-year-old gaffer also talked about the possibility of Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea. Sir Alex Ferguson believes Jose Mourinho’s rebirth at Chelsea could brew trouble for Manchester United in the Premier League.
“You'd expect - if Jose goes back to Chelsea - a big challenge there,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “[Manchester] City won't go away, with the money they've got. And I think Arsenal will improve - there's some indication that Arsenal are building a better squad than people think and Tottenham have been progressing for a couple of years now.
“So it's a hard league to win, there's no doubt about that. But at this moment in time we just need to concentrate on winning the league this year.”
Jose Mourinho was manager of Chelsea for four season in which he won two Premier League titles and four more trophies during tenure. The Portuguese is often tipped to be the man who would replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United one day, yet Jose Mourinho has only shown interest in moving back to Chelsea.