Mourinho believes that seven teams can fight for EPL title

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

It is here at last. "But I think naturally a manager in the second season knows the club and players better".

The Manchester United boss will see his side kick off their Premier League season against West Ham, with the Red Devils given the chance to start the campaign in front of their home fans. A tough opening contest away from home against a title contender awaits Slaven Bilic - but they could count on past experience of causing opening day upsets on the road. A good argument could be made to put any of those six leading sides in any order.

"Everyone is available except the injuries that everybody knows, so the injuries that come from the previous season with surgeries. Every one of the 22, plus the goalkeepers, that started the pre-season is ready for Premier League match one".

United will be without Luke Shaw as they defender continues to recover from a foot injury while Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo are also long-term absentees. West Ham are a stronger side than they were last term.

Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini, Cheikhou Kouyate, Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll are all injured.

Take four Sky Sports pundits and ask them which three clubs will be relegated from the Premier League this season.

Though his second spell at Stamford Bridge ended in a bitter fashion, his time at Manchester United has been good enough.

The former Sweden striker was United's top scorer last season, hitting 28 goals as it won the Europa League, the League Cup and the Community Shield. Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic tallied in the second half as Man United downed West Ham 2-0 last January.

The Belgian striker, who was signed from Everton in a 75-million-pound ($97.58-million) move last month, began repaying that investment with two fine finishes but it was not only his imposing presence in attack that give United a very different feel from last season. The top seven, we are all in Europe.

United finished 6th last season, in what was a hard first league season for Mourinho, but the fact that he always wins the league in his second season is a pointer to the fact that a first Premier League title in five years could make its way to Old Trafford next May.

Having cost United £31m, Lindelof has looked shaky at times during pre-season and although United have so far managed to fill in key positions this transfer window, Pardew expressed his doubts that the Swede is up to the challenge of the Premier league.

"I just think that he was very clear by showing that what he did a year ago was not enough for him".

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