Sir Alex Ferguson believes Leicester City will win the Premier League title and has picked out the best-performing player of the season.
The Manchester United legend, who spent a remarkable 26 years in the Old Trafford hot seat, was speaking at a Cheltenham Festival preview launch.
He reckons Leicester will win the title with three matches to spare and believes N’Golo Kanté has been the league’s standout player, ahead of the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy.
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Asked if he believes Leicester, who sit five points clear at the top of the table with nine matches remaining, can win the title, Ferguson was quoted by the Sunday Times as saying: “Of course they can. I believe they will win it with three games to spare.”
The 74-year-old then reportedly described Kanté as the league’s best performer this season “by a long way”.
Kanté has been a revelation for Leicester
Leicester signed Kanté for £5.6 million from Caen last summer and the indefatigable midfielder, 24, has been a revelation for the Foxes.
The Frenchman has averaged a superb 4.3 tackles per match this season and his energetic displays have been a major factor behind Claudio Ranieri’s side’s unexpected success.
Kanté not in contention to win PFA award?
However, Kanté’s name doesn’t even feature on the bookmakers’ list of potential PFA Player of the Year winners.
Vardy currently leads the way, followed by his teammate Mahrez, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, West Ham’s Dimitri Payet and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
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