Gareth Bale responds to Mourinho as United look to strengthen squad

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

Jose Mourinho's Manchester United kick off their campaign at home against West Ham United while Newcastle United host Tottenham Hotspur on the first Sunday of the new Premier League season.

He has trained with the club during his rehabilitation, though, and Mourinho has made clear he still believes the forward can do a job for him.

Mourinho will be desperate to mount a serious title bid this season and he's spent big money to sign Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof so he'll be looking to get off to a positive start tomorrow.

"Yes, we can win it", said Mourinho during his pre-match conference on Friday.

Mourinho knows they were over-reliant on the injured ex-Sweden striker's goals and wants more support for this season's main man Romelu Lukaku. Not only this, but the Hammers conceded 33 goals on the road previous year and facing Moruinho's new-look team may have come slightly too early in the season. The intensity of set plays and the pressure put on central defenders is very, very hard.

United are only without long-term absentees Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo for Sunday's season opener against the Hammers, who have conducted some impressive transfer business.

"We have the confidence levels of a team who won a European competition".

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West Ham were one of the many teams Man United failed to finish off at home last season, managing just a 1-1 draw, and a repeat of that on Sunday would create a gloomy feeling of familiarity.

The United boss says he is happy with his options if his squad remains as it is.

He said: "I think he's one of these players where there are no question marks in front".

"Watford will be in the fight as well if Troy Deeney isn't performing and Burnley will be be in the mix as Sean Dyche doesn't seem aware that there's a transfer window".

"The challenge is to win more matches than we did, by scoring more or conceding less, I don't know". Today will give us an early indication whether they will be more clinical this season.

"Victor can play right-back and can play central midfielder, we got a central midfielder, we got a striker. Obviously the 25 per cent would be a player for another position, playing from the sides".

"But we have players and if we cannot strengthen the team in these areas we have people we can trust and go for it".

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