Sir Alex Ferguson won 13 Premier League titles in 20 PL seasons with Manchester United.
So when he talks about title contenders, you listen.
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Ferguson, 74, believes Leicester City can continue their Cinderella story and win the Premier League after a dramatic turnaround which saw them come so close to relegation last season. The former Scottish manager believes Claudio Ranieri‘s side have all the attributes to get the job done despite plenty of doubters questioning their ability to handle the all-important run-in.
In an interview with Sky Sports in the UK, the Manchester United director and club ambassador lauded Leicester’s tenacity and discipline as they edge towards winning the title.
“Leicester have got the bit between their teeth, they’ve been the best team without question throughout the season and they deserve to win it,” Ferguson said. “You would think their inexperience would count, but Leicester have unbelievable energy and togetherness that suggests they’re going to see it through.”
Ferguson also singled out Wes Morgan and Robert Huth for praise, as the two central defenders have been monsters in the heart of Leicester’s defense. Racking up four 1-0 victories in their last five games, the Foxes are certainly grinding out the wins they need.
Ferguson pointed back to United’s 1996-97 campaign when they did something very similar and won eight games 1-0 on their way to lifting the PL trophy.
The final few weeks of the season will be nerve-wracking for Leicester but Ferguson believes they can hold off the challenge of Tottenham — currently in second-place but five points behind the Foxes — and seal what would be the most incredible title win in PL history.
“There will be testing times for them and they have to come to terms with the fact they will drop a point or two – they may even lose a game. But others will drop points, that’s the nature of the Premier League, it’s a tough league,” Ferguson said. “I only see Tottenham being a danger to Leicester. Tottenham, at the moment, are playing some of the best football I’ve seen from a Spurs team in many years. But Leicester have got the edge. I think they’ll get there.”