Lampard: Mourinho not to blame if United doesn't win Premier League

Chelsea great Frank Lampard believes the quality of Manchester United's squad – not Jose Mourinho – may cost it the Premier League title.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has faced criticism for his style this season, with United falling eight points behind runaway leader and rival Manchester City.   -  Getty Images

Jose Mourinho will not be to blame if Manchester United fails to win the Premier League, according to Chelsea great Frank Lampard.

Mourinho has faced criticism for his style this season, with United falling eight points behind runaway leader and rival Manchester City.

United (23 points) is back in the chasing pack, along with Tottenham (23), Chelsea (22), Liverpool (19) and Arsenal (19).

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But Lampard – who won three Premier League titles at Chelsea, including two under Mourinho – said it would come down to the quality of players at his former manager's disposal if United was unable to claim the crown.

"Mourinho is a manager that likes to win and he has a way of winning. It's different to Pep Guardiola, different to Antonio Conte and that's his way," he told Omnisport.

 

"If Manchester United don't win the Premier League, for me it's the quality of the players.

"Manchester City have a very strong squad this year, Chelsea still have a very strong squad and I think particularly the first XI, if everybody's fit, Chelsea are very strong.

"When I look at Manchester United, they're there around that area, but maybe the other teams can be stronger.

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"I certainly don't think it'll be the manager, and I actually do think that Manchester United will be competitive towards the end of the season, so we'll see."

United has won just one of its past four league matches, having drawn with Liverpool and lost 1-0 to Chelsea.

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