Thursday 22 August 2019

Jose Mourinho rules former clubs Manchester United and Chelsea out of Premier League title running

Jose Mourinho will make his debut as a Sky Sports pundit on the Manchester United-Chelsea game (Martin Rickett/PA)
Jose Mourinho will make his debut as a Sky Sports pundit on the Manchester United-Chelsea game (Martin Rickett/PA)

Harry Clarke

Jose Mourinho joked that Manchester City's substitutes might be good enough to win the Premier League title this season as he ruled his former clubs Manchester United and Chelsea out of contention.

The Portuguese appeared on Sky Sports in the build-up to this afternoon's clash between United and Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Asked who can win the title, Mourinho said: "Four, Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool and the Man City 'B' team.

"When I looked at the bench yesterday, the players not involved, I think even the 'B' team could fight for the title."

Though Mourinho said he did not believe United could win the title, it was vital the players did not share that view.

"The dressing room must feel they can win the title," he said. "If they don't feel it, they are in trouble, but I think to finish (in the) top four would be a good achievement."

However, Mourinho, sacked in December by United, admitted he did not have that belief himself at the start of last season.

"When I said that second position the previous season was one of my biggest achievements in football I was not having fun with the words," he said. "I just was just telling you what I was feeling.

"I didn't feel last season we did enough in the transfer window to allow us to compete for the first position because though we finished second the distance to first was very considerable.

"So I don't feel this season they can (win) but I hope they feel they can because that will be an important motivational push for them."

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