Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has backed his former side Chelsea to win the Premier League title because he believes their defensive style will prevent them from losing many points.
Mourinho, who was often criticised for a defensive brand of football during his second spell at Chelsea, said it will be difficult for other teams to catch the Blues because they ‘score one goal and win.’ United were hammered 4-0 by Chelsea in October.
“You have to be honest and say that is very difficult. It’s not just the difference in points, it’s also the Chelsea philosophy of playing,” he said.
“They score one goal and they win. They defend a lot. They defend well … They don’t care what people say, what people think. They just want to win. And, because of that, I don’t see them losing many points.”
United have improved in recent weeks under Mourinho after a difficult start but the Portuguese coach has refused to predict where his side will finish following a hat-trick of victories that has taken them to within four points of fourth-placed Arsenal.
“Let’s see where we finish. I don’t want to say fourth, because I think we can do better than fourth,” he added. “But we have the risk of not finishing fourth because the competition is so hard and the top teams have the same ambitions as we have. So I don’t want to say fourth or third or fifth.”