José Mourinho: Manchester United’s rivals are afraid to say they can win title

• Portuguese insists club can win Premier League title this season
• Mourinho on rivals: ‘They prefer to play a defensive game in words’

José Mourinho has claimed that many of Manchester United’s rivals are scared to say that they can win the Premier League title, while he is sure his team are candidates to do so.

The Portuguese did not identify any particular clubs. However, on Thursday Claudio Ranieri, the coach of champions Leicester City, said there was more chance of ET landing on Piccadilly Circus than his side retaining the championship. Arsène Wenger, with whom Mourinho has a fractious relationship, has also been careful to play down Arsenal’s hopes, saying many teams have a chance. Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool No1, also said in May he has “no idea” when the club can be champions again.

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