Mourinho ready to continue trend of second-year success


On the domestic front, Manchester United signed Romelu Lukaku in a deal that could amount to £90million while Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton have also paid some big fees.

This year's EPL will be the 26th season of the Premier League, which is scheduled to kick off on 11 August 2017 and finish on 13 May 2018. Leaping from sixth place to top may appear ambitious but United are precisely that.

Still, the north London club has kept its key talent notably Harry Kane and Dele Alli, who scored 47 league goals between them last season.

Mourinho reiterated at a pre-match conference yesterday his satisfaction with the club's transfer business this summer window, despite not achieving "100 per cent" of his targets.

"At home, we lost only one match, to Manchester City".

This season, however, each of the Premier League's top seven will play in Europe, which Mourinho believes is a leveller. With these six to eight more points, our position in the table would be different.

The likes of AC Milan and LA Galaxy have been mentioned as potential destinations for Ibrahimovic once he regains full fitness, but Mourinho admitted on Friday that he hasn't ruled out the possibility of the former Sweden global returning to Old Trafford in January to bolster his options.

But what of his remarkable second-season record and what it might mean for the looming campaign? "Old Trafford is waiting for us and I think Old Trafford has a reason to be behind us", he said.

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For all of his flaws, he has consistently delivered in situations like Friday's, and that will buy him plenty of credit. With Manchester City already showing the world they can splash cash too, this would see a battle of the riches.

Three of the last five Premier League games between these two clubs have ended in a draw, with one win apiece in this run.

"I dream of winning more titles with Chelsea, win a Champions League and Fifa Club World Cup with Chelsea and be one of the best players in the world, as well as win titles with Brazil and a World Cup".

"I'm doing my best every day". I will just go with everything.

The Brazilian also gave his thoughts on the difference between Conte and Mourinho in their approach to football and coaching.

After a season in which the now-departed (but slated to return) Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted 28 goals, the obvious focus is on Lukaku to step into those boots.

"It's not because I have always done it (won the title in my second season at other clubs) that I am going to do it (with United)".

Another player sent out on loan by Chelsea, the 22-year-old Loftus-Cheek looks sure to get plenty more first-team action at Palace either in central midfield or in the No. 10 role behind the striker. "It's getting much harder for everyone, so we don't know".