Powered by record sprees, Premier League ready for landmark season

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

Manchester United begins its league campaign on Sunday, hosting West Ham.

Attack: Jesse Lingard played in the unfamiliar left wing-back role against Madrid but was hooked at half-time so I think we'll see him make way with Marcus Rashford coming in to the attack.

Romelu Lukaku is this summer's star signing to help fire United to the top of the table but manager Mourinho reckons everything has changed in the past 12 months.

"I have conditions to deliver a better team than I did in the first season". We are going to try to win the title. Eric Bailly, bought past year for £30m, and Antonio Valencia, are the only two defenders who look assured of a starting spot.

He said: "When I joined Manchester United past year I thought immediately that we needed a Matic kind of player".

'When I got a call that Matic wants to play for me, I thought he was the ideal player for me. Since joining the Premier League, the Belgian has had four seasons of 15-plus goals, and past year he was on the scoresheet for a whopping 25 times.

Both Lukaku and Matic represented more than just regular signings - by hijacking Chelsea's bid for the Belgian striker and then weakening the defending champions existing squad by securing Matic, Mourinho sent out a warning sign to the rival clubs and further underlined his title-winning aspirations.

"When this season I got a call that Matic wants to play for me, he wants to come to Manchester United and he can make it happen, I thought he was the ideal player for me".

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Mourinho went for a three at the back formation against Real Madrid in the Super Cup on Tuesday night but I think he might revert to a 4-2-3-1 this weekend. He's just turned 29 and he has five years' Premier League experience.

"I understand the reality of the market, of the numbers and that my club by doing 75 percent of what I initially asked did very well".

"I trust he is going to perform, so I think he is a fantastic signing".

'I think every one of us in his own way is equipped to do it.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has written in The Daily Mail that Dwight Gayle will be the key player for Newcastle United this season.

'We are much better organised at every level.

"There is no guarantee, but naturally a manager in his second season knows the club and the players better". 'My dedication to my job is always the maximum, even more than when I started. I want to play West Ham - a hard match - then go to Swansea for another hard match.

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