Mourinho predicts seven-way fight for Premier League title

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 12, 2017

He continued: 'I'm happy with the effort the club did, I'm happy that the club managed to do 75 per cent of the work before the Premier League starts.

The manager confirmed that the Manchester club is in talks to re-sign striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is recovering from a knee ligament injury.

The 35-year-old was the only United player to get into double figures in the league.

Attack: Jesse Lingard played in the unfamiliar left wing-back role against Madrid but was hooked at half-time so I think we'll see him make way with Marcus Rashford coming in to the attack.

"We always had that so my teams always had the goalscorer, we always had the guy that scores more goals, but then we had the winger that scored 15 goals, we had the midfield player who scored 10 goals, we had the central defender that scored five goals".

"We were focused on the striker getting goals and when it didn't happen we were in trouble".

'I know how much football means in England. But for the beginning of the season, we lost important players, too [to injury].

"So although it will be hard to get a point or three against Manchester City, it's not impossible".

"We had lots of dominance at home, lots of chances, lots when the match should be two or three nil and in the end was 1-1".

'It shows a real intent to want to be the best they can, win the title and ultimately of course it's about the Champions League as well. United are one of the favourites to lift the trophy this time, despite finishing sixth and 24 points behind Chelsea last term.

Jose Mourinho has also reunited with Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic at Old Trafford after luring the Serbia star from the Premier League champions.

Liverpool finished in fourth place last season and manager Jurgen Klopp has brought in Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah, Domimic Solanke and Scottish defender Andy Robertson to improve his squad.

The no limits spending of Chelsea's title rivals prompted a tetchy response from Stamford Bridge, where boss Antonio Conte has been grumbling about his club's failure to land Lukaku and several other targets.

'I love football and I have always loved football, ' he told the club's website.

"There's no relation between clubs, countries, seasons and periods".

All three have the pace to change defence into attack quickly, something City lacked in the full-back positions last season.

"It's not just hope it's convinced that the quality of the team will be better, I have conditions to deliver a better one than the first".

"There's a huge gulf between the Championship and the top Premier League teams and having watched City in pre-season, they look like they are in the mood for a good start".

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