Sir Alex Ferguson ready for Mourinho return

José Mourinho Jose Mourinho could turn Chelsea back into Premier League title contenders if he returned, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Manchester United manager believes next season’s title could be fought out by a galvanised group of Chelsea players back under the leadership of Mourinho, who won back to back titles there between 2004-06.

“It’s a hard league to win, as we all know. If Jose goes back to Chelsea as they’re talking about, you’d be expecting a big challenge there.”

Ferguson also thinks Manchester City will be back in the mix for the title next season, despite sitting 15 points adrift of the Reds this year, because they still possess the spending power to blow all their rivals away.

He said: “City have enough money to go and buy another couple of £200,000 a week players. They’re not going to go away, are they? With the money they’ve got.”

The United manager also paid tribute to the foundations that Arsenal and Tottenham have laid to improve the depth in their squads and won’t rule either of them out of the running.

“I think Arsenal will improve,” he added.

“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.

“I don’t agree that retaining the title is harder than winning it, because for City to win their first title in such a long time was a big achievement for them.”

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