Jose Mourinho Confirms Manchester United Contract Talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

Despite that costly run of draws, Mourinho has made United an extremely hard side to beat, and the two trophies won - League Cup and Europa League - are testament to the his ability to make a team stronger than the sum of its parts.

"We have added three players, one defender, one midfielder and one attacking player", the Portuguese boss explained. He truly is strong. "He likes me a lot and I like him a lot as a coach and as a person". How else can you explain Leicester City winning the title a year ago?

The United manager had outlined four positions he wanted to strengthen in to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the start of the transfer window, but only Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic have arrived at Old Trafford.

Since Alex Ferguson retired after the 2013 title win United have not finished in the top three but some serious investment in new players gives manager Jose Mourinho, starting his second season at the club, the sense that things are coming together.

Young has been out since the start of May with a hamstring injury, Shaw is continuing to recover from a foot problem while Rojo isn't expected back until the end of the year after damaging knee ligaments in April.

Defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones return to contention after sitting out the Super Cup through suspension.

"Manchester came to me, they talked with my agent, but nothing happened, because Chelsea would not negotiate me in any way and I'm very happy at Chelsea". "We are involved in four competitions and step by step, match after match, we are going to fight". The English teams didn't fare too well in the UEFA Champions League last season and some of the signings made by the top teams in the country go on to show that they mean business this time around.

Despite not having a contract, the 35-year-old is using the club's facilities during his rehabilitation. But whispers are he is back with the first team for the Old Trafford trip.

"But despite the new-found goal threat I don't see United winning the league, they haven't got enough guile in midfield to pick through teams who will put 10 men behind the ball".

"I'm here to score goals and be the focal point of the team", Lukaku said.

Former Manchester City pair Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta and star signing Marko Arnautovic, a £20 million recruit from Stoke City, could all make their competitive debuts on Sunday.

Sofiane Feghouli, Cheikhou Kouyate, Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio are all out of the trip to Manchester United.

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