Jose Mourinho believes Manchester City's B team hold a better chance of winning the title than three of the biggest club's in the Premier League.
Mourinho, who left his role as United manager last season, ruled out any hope of his former club Chelsea or their London rivals Arsenal
challeging Pep Guardiola's side for the English top-flight crown.
Asked who had the resources to challenge for the title this season, Mourinho told Sky Sports the Citizens 5-0 win over West Ham was impressive - due to the quality that was not in the starting XI.
“Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Man City B team. When I looked at the bench the players not involved, I think the [City] B team could fight for the title.”
Mourinho, who was working as a pundit for United’s 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea at Old Trafford, added: “We would love United, Chelsea and Arsenal to also be at that level, it would be something incredible.
“But we are speaking about a team that won everything in England, we are speaking about the European champion and the European runner-up. Then we are talking about United sixth, and playing Europa League and Arsenal fifth and Europa League too.”
“What Frank was as a player – does this give him a capital of trust, especially in a relationship with the fans?” Mourinho said. “Yes, it does. By having Frank in place now, they didn’t buy players, but they bought time. I think he will get the time that other managers may not have.”
On the other title contenders, Mourinho said: “I don’t see also Arsenal to [last] a title race, but I think Tottenham has to join it.”