Mourinho eyes second season glory with Manchester United

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

Zlatan's United career was ended prematurely with the striker suffering knee damage versus Anderlecht in April - resulting in surgery and a lengthy spell on the sidelines for the Swedish forward.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is ready to shake hands on a new deal for Zlatan Ibrahmovic as he prepares for the visit of West Ham tomorrow.

"I just think he was very clear showing what he did previous year was not enough for him".

Jose Mourinho's first season at Manchester United was a qualified success, with a disappointing sixth-place finish in the Premier League offset by Europa League and League Cup silverware.

Chelsea had wanted to bring Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge, a transfer thwarted by Mourinho.

However, the United boss insists it is not just down to the Belgian to pick up the slack this term, telling a news conference on Friday: "What I had in other clubs was more players scoring goals".

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

"We always had more goals from wingers, midfielders getting 10 goals, central defenders getting five goals and last season that didn't happen much".

Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rojo are all out of this match for the Red Devils.

"I don't think I'm in a position of crying, moaning, protesting".

West Ham arrive at Old Trafford in Sunday's late kick-off as United look to launch a sustained title bid for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out with the league crown in 2013.

"I think the top four will be Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal".

"I am not happy", said Benitez, a Champions League victor with Liverpool, "but at the same time for me it's a challenge".

"It's a massive club, so I knew if it was promoted it would be one of the biggest in the Premier League".

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

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.

"We have a central midfielder and a striker, so obviously another player would be one coming from the sides, but we have players and if we can not strengthen then we have people we trust".

While Manchester City spent combined total of £1,427,030,000 on six players, Manchester United acquired three players worth £1,157,950,000.

United have only lost one of their 13 opening-day Premier League fixtures at Old Trafford (W9, D3) - a 2-1 defeat by Swansea City in 2014.

"In my initial analysis from January and through the months I was thinking of four players but I'm not a hard person to work with in spite of if you make it look different, he told Sky Sports".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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