By Alex Stevens

Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed Tottenham are in a five-horse race to win the Premier League title.

The former Manchester United manager is convinced that Spurs are one of the teams in contention for one of the most competitive battles “in years”.

Ferguson has named Manchester City as his favourites to dethrone reigning champions Leicester but also believes Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal and United are in the race.

Pep Guardiola’s side currently lead the way on goal difference but are level on 20 points with Arsenal and Liverpool.

Chelsea and Tottenham are just a point behind, while United’s 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Sunday has left them six points off the pace.

“It’s harder to predict than it was for many years,” Ferguson told Kicker, as quoted by Metro. “I think there’s five potential candidates: Manchester City as favourites, Tottenham and Liverpool, but also Man United are still there if we get some consistency soon. Even when you are trailing by six, eight points, it’s still possible to catch one or two teams.

“The rivalry and the experience of Guardiola and Mourinho makes for an exciting competition. And you shouldn’t forget Arsenal. The team is more sturdy.”

Spurs are the only unbeaten team after the opening nine matches of the league campaign and host Leicester at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

In other Tottenham news, the early team news ahead of their clash against Leicester is that a prolific striker is in line for a recall.