Ferguson believes that Mourinho’s Chelsea would be a threat to Man United

Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Chelsea could still prove a threat to Man United next season, especially if the Blues are successful in wooing Jose Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge, reports The Telegraph.

The 71-year-old believes that his United side will only improve and mature over time, but sees stiff competition in the future from the Blues assuming his friend Mourinho makes his expected return, and also from rivals Man City due to their financial power.

He said: “The record over the last 20 years tells you we’re not going away. We’ll have players who are maturing nicely. There are maybe 14 players who are aged 23 or under who could play together for another seven or eight years.

“We’ve got some improving players. The likes of Shinji Kagawa will be much better next year, and we’ve got Rafael, David de Gea, Alexander Buttner and Phil Jones, who can do anything he wants to do. So it’s looking good. Whether we can go on another run of three titles in a row, who’s to say? But the material’s there, 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. 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.”

Ferguson also took the time to single out Arsenal as another side he can see competition from in the coming years.

United and the Gunners endured a bitter battle for supremacy during the late 90’s and turn of the millennium, once the Gunners employed Ferguson’s fellow mind-games lover Arsene Wenger.

“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. 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.”

Ferguson’s United face a Manchester derby with City on Monday, with visiting boss Roberto Mancini admitting that he will concede City’s title to United should the Red Devils triumph at Old Trafford.

The result would produce an 18-point gap with 21 points remaining.

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