Crespo tips Man United to win Premier League

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"Twenty-five per cent means one of four", Mourinho told a news conference on Friday.

City are generally on offer at 6/4 across bookies as their favourites to win the Premier League this season, with the next best alternative, United nearly 2 points higher in the market. What we had was midfielders, wingers, scoring, central defenders scoring goals at set pieces. We tried to make it a young squad and we did it earlier and we are lucky because it would be more expensive now in the last weeks.

On the left of the attacking trident up front, Marcus Rashford offers blistering pace and fast feet, on the right Henrikh Mkhitaryan with his tidy dribbling and knack for scoring goals, and leading the line, Lukaku, with his enormous power, sheer brute strength and goalscoring prowess.

"We needed to do that because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League".

While the former Tottenham Hotspur man may not, intrinsically, appear worth the £50 million that last season's Premier League runners-up were only too happy to accept, the Premier League has once again redefined the market values of European football.

The City line-up for their 1-0 win was all-British but the eleven who will take the field on Saturday will be drawn from around the world - with even more worldwide talent having been recruited during the close-season.

Premier League champions Chelsea have completed four transfer deals after recruiting Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, AS Roma's Antonio Rudiger, Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.


"We had lots of dominance at home, lots of chances, lots when the match should be two or three nil and in the end was 1-1". His ability to disrupt opponents' attacks and immediately spring his own is tailor-made for the modern EPL, which is a big reason his club's won the title two years running. United are one of the favourites to lift the trophy this time, despite finishing sixth and 24 points behind Chelsea last term.

Lukaku hit 25 league goals for Everton last season and, with supply coming from the likes of Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Belgian should record a similar tally.

City is much more equipped to launch a sustained title challenge, with Guardiola close to having his ideal squad.

He said: "I must admit, it's a very important amount".

"So whatever happens at the start of the season - and of course I hope we get off to a flier - we must stay calm and remember that it's where we are in the table after 38 games that matters, not the first few". I will just go with everything.

United put all their eggs in a Europa League-shaped basket last season and it paid off as Mourinho led the club back into the Champions League with a 2-0 final win over Ajax. Burnley played two up front last season and he didn't score bundles of goals. "I have been impressed because he is a good player, strong physically and technically".

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