Mourinho reveals United are in talks with Ibrahimovic

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

"Winning everything!" the France worldwide told Sky Sports.

What's more, he still hasn't signed for anyone despite very strong interest from Major League Soccer clubs LA Galaxy and Los Angeles FC.

"It is hard to say what our chances in the league are but we are setting out to be on top", the midfielder, a five-time Premier League champion with United, said.

"Real Madrid is out of context", Mourinho explained. "Can we win it?" We always had that, we always had the guy who scores more goals, but then we had the winger who scored 15 goals, the midfielder who scored 10 goals, we had a central defender that scored five goals and last season that didn't happen much.

"Everything is good and strong, but some of them (other clubs) are really strong in the market, so it is going to be hard".

"We didn't have full-backs and you have to buy full-backs", the Spaniard added. But this is modern football.

In an off-season that has seen more than £1 billion (US$1.3 billion) invested in players, the rivals have accounted for more than a third of that spending.

United's signings have been thoroughly in keeping with Mourinho's pragmatic approach to the game, the Portuguese having galvanised his squad with extra height and muscle.

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.

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Ibrahimovic, 35, was released in June after not being offered a new contract following a season-ending knee injury. The second is that Premier League champions Chelsea have now deemed him surplus to their requirements.

He has a great all-round game with unbelievable power and I think if he starts the season by getting goals, he can be a standout.

"Between the players we have lost and the players we have got, I think we are in a similar situation but with more experience of working together and a much better pre-season". I've been waiting for this opportunity.

But a Premier League title challenge is required this time around, with Lukaku providing a powerful presence in attack to replace the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"We are in a position to do quality work better than in the first".

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.

It still does feel like they need a little bit more, even if a player like Marcus Rashford is surely set to make another leap this season, but it could be the difference in properly challenging for the title. Everyone has witnessed the way a Guardiola team can play when Pep has the right players and everyone understands the tactics, as Guardiola has won the Champions League twice with Barcelona and has steamrolled the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich three times.

Home draws were a regular occurrence in Manchester United's disappointing sixth-place finish last season.

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