Expect Jose Mourinho's side to be stronger - Man United 2017/18 Season Preview

Whilst the European champions had largely proven themselves too good for United Mourinho professed himself pleased with his side's performance.

Last season, Mourinho eventually had to prioritise the Europa League over the Premier League in a bid to secure Champions League football. 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.

Will Conte avoid second-season slump?

"I don't think I am going to win it because I always win it in the second season".

The 35-year-old confounded the doubters last season, plundering 28 goals before a serious knee injury brought his maiden campaign at Old Trafford to a shuddering halt. Since his arrival in 2016, there is no doubt Jose Mourinho has helped to stop the decline United experienced since Sir Alex Ferguson departed the club in 2013 after 26 years as manager.

Despite a rocky start, Mourinho has put in the foundations.

Players are more generally more motivated to chase trophies than to keep them, and that's the challenge facing Chelsea as the 2017-18 Premier League season gets underway. But Mourinho knows United demands more sought after silverware.

The former number nine at Old Trafford has been doing his recovery work at United's training complex and it looks like he has no intent to depart Manchester just yet.

The football isn't as dreary as it was under David Moyes, and certainly not as boring as it was when Louis van Gaal was in charge.


While Henrikh Mkhitaryan can play in that role, he is better off in the centre. And he has already matched that amount this summer.

"The one in front of the camera and another Mourinho in the dressing room".

United have moved to replace the Swede in this summer's transfer window - bringing in Romelu Lukaku from Everton, but the possibility of the striker linking up with the club again seems a formality given Mourinho's latest comments.

Matic, the big Serbian midfielder, has fitted seamlessly into the United midfield.

The French midfielder will be looking to link up with Lukaku, his close friend.

My aim is to be involved in a genuine title race-one that lasts until the last few weeks of the season and not until January.

Though Arsenal may be aided by missing out on the Champions League for first time on Arsene Wenger's watch, the Gunners must retain Chilean star Alexis Sanchez. He was also on target during the club's preseason tour of the United States. The Spain global then continued his good form on tour, featuring in five games and netting the victor in the 2-1 win over Sampdoria. "I have very good memories of those four years that I lived in Manchester".

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.

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