Frank Lampard has jumped to the defence of Jose Mourinho, who he claims will not be to blame if Manchester United fail to win the title this season.
Lampard thinks it will be down to the quality of the players, and that people shouldn’t write Mourinho’s side off so soon, given how good their manager is, and while he may not play the same type of football as Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, his way is still effective, and he still knows how to win.
That’s of course something Lampard knows only too well, having won the Premier League under Mourinho – and knowing just what a good manager he is.
“Mourinho is a manager that likes to win and he has a way of winning. It’s different to Pep Guardiola, different to Antonio Conte and that’s his way,” Lampard told Omnisport.
“If Manchester United don’t win the Premier League, for me it’s the quality of the players.
“Manchester City have a very strong squad this year, Chelsea still have a very strong squad and I think particularly the first XI, if everybody’s fit, is very strong.
“When I look at Manchester United, they’re around that area, but maybe the other teams can be stronger.
“I certainly don’t think it’ll be the manager.
“I actually do think that Manchester United will be competitive towards the end of the season, so we’ll see.
One massive boost for United is the fact that Paul Pogba will be back and playing after the international break, having been out since mid September – and costing United points because of it.
After his blistering start to the season, the midfielder has been a huge loss for United, who will also welcome back Michael Carrick, and are hoping to also have Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining them in the match day squads very soon as well, meaning Mourinho’s once injury hit squad should be getting back to full capacity.