Mourinho: Man Utd having conversations over Ibrahimovic return

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

Europa League, League Cup and Community Shield glory was a decent return in the Portuguese's first campaign in the Old Trafford dugout, as was Champions League qualification.

"It's the objective of every one of the top teams and every one of the top team managers".

Brighton secured a return to the top flight of English football last season after 25 years of absence, and they're starting it with one of the most hard fixtures of the season.

But Manchester United is also +325 to take home its record 14th EPL championship, and the team will begin play on Sunday by taking on West Ham United, which is +25000 to win its first.

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

A battering-ram striker in the finest Mourinho traditions, Lukaku's task is to sharpen an attack that mustered only 54 league goals last season.

It may be recalled here that United have already bolstered their squad with the addition of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof.

"The West Ham supporters I've spoken to are very happy with the new players".

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Still, the north London club has kept its key talent - notably Harry Kane and Dele Alli who scored 47 league goals between them last season.

City also have John Stones and Eliaquim Mangala on their books, giving them four of the most expensive defenders ever, but with total spending in the league having exceeded £900 million, Guardiola is unrepentant. A good season for me? "At Porto that meant winning the Champions League, likewise at Inter".

Mourinho has won the domestic league title at the end of his second year in each of his five major management jobs.

"I don't think we're going to see that replicated (in England)", Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore said.

The buzz may have gone but the biggest question before the coming season remains whether two of the highest-profile managers in the world can deliver on all the hype surrounding them. Step by step, we're going to fight. Defenders Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and winger Ashley Young are out with long-term injuries.

On the return of Ibrahimovic to the squad, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss said: "You know he's injured, he needs time to recover, he's not ready to play. I'm really happy to start the Premier League this weekend because our pre-season was very complete and was a pre-season organised in a way where we start playing MLS teams and ended playing against the best teams in Europe". Victor can play right-back and centre midfield. We got a central midfielder, a striker, obviously the 25 per cent would be for a player from the sides, but we have players.

With the London Stadium now being used for the IAAF World Championships, West Ham's trip to Old Trafford will be the first of four away games to open the new domestic campaign.

"It's different than any of the other leagues".

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