Manchester United’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that the Chelsea side he will face is not one of the strongest Chelsea sides he has played against in his career.
United will travel to Stamford Bridge this Sunday with a disappointing away record at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea is still unbeaten since the Premier League and is four points ahead of United.
Sir Alex has stated that Roberto De Matteo’s side is not as strong as Jose Mourinho’s title-winning side was, even if they such bright young talents.
“I wouldn’t say this is the strongest Chelsea team. I think if you go back to [Jose] Mourinho’s, they were formidable, and really difficult to play against,” said Ferguson.
“I wouldn’t say this is the strongest Chelsea team. I think if you go back to [Jose] Mourinho’s, they were formidable, and really difficult to play against.”
“That period of Didier Drogba, a younger John Terry and Frank Lampard, who one year got 30 goals from midfield – they’ll never get that again. They were a really powerful team, hard to beat – and ruthless.”
Ferguson does worry about the attacking threat Hazard, Mata and Oscar possess, but he believes that if they could control them, their side would definitely win.
“They gained confidence from winning the Champions League, but Roberto has shown he’s bold and you’ve got to give the lad credit. It’s very positive,” added Ferguson.
“I thought it was a risk to have those three players [Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard] in the same team. Attacking-wise he’s got great options.
“But if you can contain them you have a chance.”
Whether they will be able to control them or not is a question only time can answer.