Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes current leaders Leicester City can win the Premier League as against Jose Mourinho’s earlier assertion that the Foxes could not be considered title contenders.
The Chelsea boss whose side have endured a fumbling start to the 2015/16 campaign last month stated that the Foxes, whose title chances have skyrocketed in recent weeks after going two points clear at the summit of the table after nine wins in 15 matches were not title contenders. In his words, Mourinho said “I don’t believe they (Leicester City) are going to be champions”
However Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri who has overseen the club’s remarkable rise after taking over from Pearson has refused to acknowledge his side are in the title race.
But 13-time winner with Manchester United Ferguson who sees similarities between this Leicester team and the United side he led to his first English title at the beginning of the nineties believes the Italian boss and his troops can win the league provided they invest wisely in January.
“This is a team with fantastic vitality, speed and energy. Peter Schmeichel was saying at the moment Leicester are the best team in the league, without a doubt. But, the question is, how long will it last? Have they the resources to continue throughout the season?”
“Back in 1992-93 when we won the league for the first time, Norwich led the league until the middle of March, the whole season. But we beat them at their own ground and won the league.
“So, for a small club historically as Leicester City they have a challenge, how far can they go with this present squad, can they last the whole season?
“If I were him (Ranieri) I’d want an investment in January because this is a big opportunity. They could win the league, the way they are playing at the moment, and they have goals in their team.
“The problem for the owners is have they got the money? I think they have. If he wants to win the league I think he should add to it. And I think there may be a great chance.” Ferguson said as quoted on the Independent.
Leicester’s Thai owner Vishai Srivaddhanaprabha has an estimated net worth of $1.95bn but the East Midlands outfit have preferred an economical recruitment model, famously signing Algerian international Riyad Mahrez for just £400,000.