Rio: Mourinho adds spice

Rio Ferdinand says Jose Mourinho will add extra spice to Monday's night's clash between Manchester United and Chelsea.

Last Updated: 26/08/13 at 06:21 Post Comment

David Moyes goes up against Jose Mourinho on Monday night

David Moyes goes up against Jose Mourinho on Monday night

But the Manchester United defender says the bookmakers have been a little hasty in installing Chelsea as favourites to win the Premier League following Mourinho's return from Spain.

That is despite Chelsea finishing 14 points behind United in the table last season.

"The fact they have a new manager adds a new dynamic to the game," said Ferdinand. "Mourinho obviously has a big personality. He has been there before so he knows the league.

"He is newsworthy. It makes good reading for the public with him around. Whether it helps them get closer to where we were last year remains to be seen. It will certainly have no bearing on the way we approach the game."

United boss David Moyes has made much of United's tough run of fixtures to start the new season. After going to Swansea last week, United face Chelsea, Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Manchester City.

Ferdinand though has played down Moyes' comments, saying: "That run of fixtures is good for the media. It makes a story.

"When I first looked at them I thought it is a tough start for the new manager. But it is an exciting start too.

"If we are in a good position after these first six games the confidence will be great.

"We always say you don't find out where you are until the Christmas period, so the first six games won't have a great bearing on what happens over the remainder of the season.

"Ideally, you would like to start well. But if you don't, it is a lot more important to finish strongly."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Arsenal in talks with Higuain - Report

Arsenal have begun talks with Napoli striker Gonzalo Higauin with an aim to bringing the Argentine to north London, according to reports in Italy.

Gundogan yet to make decision on future

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could yet join Manchester United this summer, according to a report from Germany.

Liverpool close in on Milner - Report

Want-away Man City midfielder James Milner could be announced as a Liverpool player by the end of the week, according to reports.

Mail Box

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

James Milner: Jose's Perfect Player?

Probably. But presumably he would not swap one bench for another. We have mails on over-hyped players, Arsenal enthusiasm, UEFA, FIFA and naked dudes...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company