Rio Ferdinand identifies six Premier League title contenders at halfway stage

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Rio Ferdinand reckons six teams are still in with a chance of winning the Premier League title – with his old club Manchester United leading the way.

The title race is still tight at the halfway stage, with top spot having changed hands three times this week.

United stayed at the summit after holding reigning champions Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Sunday, before Leicester took pole position thanks to victory over Chelsea on Tuesday.

Manchester City then went top when they beat Aston Villa on Wednesday – but were replaced by rivals United just a couple of hours later when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side won at Fulham.

Liverpool are lagging behind those teams after four top-flight games without a win – but can go within three points of the summit when they host Burnley on Thursday night.

And Ferdinand reckons Tottenham and Everton are also in the title race, along with the top four.

“If you look at the league, you’ve got Man United, Man City, Tottenham (plus Liverpool and Leicester)… I think down to Everton," said the former Red Devils defender, quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

He said Everton are contenders because of their manager, with Carlo Ancelotti having won titles in Europe's top leagues.

The 61-year-old has led Chelsea, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Paris-Saint Germain to championships in their respective countries – as well as winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.

He has guided sixth-placed Everton to four wins from their last five league games – and were they to win their games in hand they would be two points behind leaders United.

“Ancelotti knows what it takes to win a league," said Ferdinand. "He’s got a very good team there, the squad depth probably isn’t what he would like but I think you’ve got to look at down to Everton.”

Everton have not won the title since the 1986/87 season, while Tottenham have not been crowned champions since their league and FA Cup double in 1961.

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