Mourinho eyes second season glory with Manchester United


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.

Mourinho won the league in his second seasons at Porto, Real Madrid and Inter Milan, as well as in both of his stints at Chelsea, but he expects this season's title race to be an almighty scrap.

The league's defending champions Chelsea, alongside Manchester United, Liverpool Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur command the most followers in Kenya.

Last season was by far the most hard of Wenger's 21-year reign, with Arsenal's on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from angry fans.

The Hammers finished 11th in the Premier League a year ago, as they settled into their first campaign at the London Stadium, recovering well after a very shaky start at the new ground. "But there are not many around and I do not like to go after players where it is an impossible mission".

United play West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday and Mourinho has all his new signings available but is without last season's top scorer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. "I will just go with everything I have to try to win every match we play".

"He thinks he can do more at football's highest level so we are having conversations and discussing the possibility of him staying for the second part of the season".

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Having ended months of speculation by signing a new two-year contract, Wenger believes if his players put on a united front, the exasperated fans will fall into line behind them.

Toure said: "Yes because the mentality of the manager is playing good and winning - not just winning".

Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young remain long-term absentees after picking up injuries towards the end of last season.

"We have had a better pre-season than previous year and we have the confidence levels of a team that has won a European competition and returned to the Champions League".

Bournemouth conceded 67 goals last season, but the arrivals of Ake and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Stamford Bridge should improve their solidity as Howe looks to build on last season's impressive ninth-place finish.

So what can we do to get ourselves mentally prepared?

Looking at the Premier League's first five fixtures for West Ham United, I'm thinking we could have 10 points from 15 games, but keep an eye out for Jack Kavanagh's Brace The Hammer Predictions articles every week for predictions from myself, as well as our other brilliant writers.