Sir Alex reacts to United title challenge

English Premier League

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has commented on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leading the club to their first genuine title race since he retired.

The Red Devils dominated English football during his 26-year tenure as they lifted 13 league titles but has not challenged for top honours since he departed in 2012.

Eight years later, one of his former players, Solksjaer looks set to challenge reigning champions, Liverpool, as they could move three points ahead of their domestic rivals with a win over Burnley next week - before they meet at Anfield.

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Speaking to the Daily Mail, Ferguson offered a short verdict on the latest happenings: "It's not an easy road to get back into challenging for the league. It's a difficult league these days."

He also reserved praise for academy graduate Marcus Rashford who's led the charge for social change over the past year.

"He's always been a good kid," Ferguson said of the England star. "He joined us when he was nine years of age. When you see people’s demeanour, behaviour, way of carrying themselves and ability to change things, that’s him. He's got that."