Alex Ferguson has no doubt who will win the Premier League

SoccerBy Sunday World
Ferguson has no doubt who will be champions this season
Ferguson has no doubt who will be champions this season

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is convinced Leicester City will complete their fairy tale season and clinch the Premier League title with some ease.

Ferguson gave his views while attending a pre-Cheltenham Festival event, with The Times quoting his response to a question over whether Claudio Ranieri's table toppers can be crowned as champions.

"Of course they can," said Ferguson. "I believe they will win it with three games to spare."

Ferguson is also reported to have suggested that West Ham would clinch a top finish, leading man to conclude he does not expect United to make a late surge to secure a return to next season's Champions League.

Meanwhile, Leicester boss Ranieri is continuing to insist his team are not title contenders despite their two-point lead at the top of the table, as he suggests they are only focusing on trying to secure European football for next season.

"Now we are fighting to achieve the Europa League," he said with a smile.

"You imagine Leicester achieve the Europa League and next season we stay in the Europa League? Unbelievable. That is our goal. When we achieve this, I look how many matches are left.

"Maybe we can achieve the Champions League - wow, amazing. Europa League is the next little step.

"Little targets is the match: Newcastle and after Crystal Palace - that is our step.

"Now I remember Newcastle and Crystal Palace, and after that we have a break and I forget."

But despite now being odds-on favourites to win the league, Ranieri will only believe they can when Leicester cannot be caught.

"When we have a five-point lead with less than one match and when the mathematics say yes, that is it," he said.

"Believe me, we have won our title by saving the team."