Retired Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, believes the club still has a chance to retain the Premier League title it won in his final season in charge.
David Moyes, who succeeded his fellow Scot, Ferguson, last summer, has endured a difficult start to his reign as United boss.
The club are currently 14 points behind league leaders Arsenal in the seventh position and with 16 matches left to decide the winner of the ongoing campaign.
Ferguson, 72, speaking to BBC Sports editor, David Bond, insists the club’s traditional strong show of form in the second-half of the season could be decisive in the title run-in.
“I’m not writing anyone off,” Ferguson, who also endured a difficult start to his 26-and-a-half year reign as United boss, said.
“Tottenham have started coming forward a bit now, Liverpool are doing very well, Everton are doing very well, City are doing fantastic and Arsenal are top of the league.
“With Jose [Mourinho] you expect them [Chelsea] to win games playing ugly, but all these teams are in there. United are in behind chasing.”
However, United have performed below par in the ongoing campaign, having lost out of the FA Cup, the Capital One Cup and technically fighting for a Champions League slot; as they presently trail fourth-placed Liverpool by six points on the league standing.
One area Moyes has done relatively well since taking over from Ferguson was qualifying for the Champions League knock-out stage with one match to spare, but could soon become his undoing, should they fail to succeed in the race to finish in the top four- while winning in Europe seems to be a holy grail for now.
Ferguson added: “I find it very difficult to pick the top four. I find it even more difficult to say who is going to win the league.”
Moreover, Ferguson, who now watches United’s miserable season unfold from Old Trafford’s directors box, has once more pledged the club’s continued support for the man called the ‘Chosen One’, Moyes.
He stresses that the rate at which some clubs make managerial changes has done no good but ruin growth.
“They [board members] must discuss the qualities of the manager they are going to offer the job to [and] you must look at his CV – the character, the philosophy he has, surely,” added Ferguson, who was appointed as a Uefa coaching ambassador on Friday.
“Now if that is the way they have gone about giving the man the job, why don’t they persist with it?
“It seems so stupid to me.”