Manchester United manager ‘shocked’ by Chelsea axing manager: He claims that only Liverpool can now catch them!

The Red Devils have a chance to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League, a gap which will be hard to bridge for second-placed Liverpool. Fergie reckons that the Merseyside club are the only ones who can stop United from landing a third consecutive title, with the Scot critical of Chelsea’s decision to part company with the man known as ‘Big Phil’.

The Press Association reports that Sir Alex Ferguson was shocked to hear that Roman Abramovich had sacked Scolari, despite the Brazilian only becoming manager last summer. He reckons that the London club have shot themselves in the foot with their decision to get rid, even if the experienced Guus Hiddink has entered the fold as his temporary replacement.

However, Ferguson has a different view, he told United Review: “I think they have played into our hands and that the title race now is going to be between ourselves and Liverpool.”

He continued: “However, I shall be keeping a wary eye on Aston Villa, who seem to have picked up the baton from Arsenal.

“I was shocked that Chelsea should part so soon with a manager of such great experience and proven success as ‘Phil’ Scolari.

“Their haste is a reflection of the sad way the game is going, with everyone from owners, the board members, the supporters and the media demanding instant success and showing absolutely no patience in the pursuit of their ambition.”

Is the Manchester United manager correct in his view of the Scolari sacking, or do Chelsea supporters see it differently? After all, it appeared as though the former Blues manager had lost certain players within the dressing room, while he had tendered his resignation on two occasions before he was axed. Are Liverpool supporters confident of bridging a five-point gap after the Red Devils beat Fulham tonight?

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