Man United’s Mourinho: Prem title more realistic than last season

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.

Following the Red Devils” 2-1 loss at the hands of Los Blancos in the Uefa Super Cup meeting earlier in the week, the “special one’ all-but ruled out a move for the latter and has hinted that he’s ready to place full faith in his existing players.

“But I think naturally a manager in the second season knows the club and players better”. Or do I think I’m going to win it because I always win in the second season?

Those reasons for excitement include the arrival of striker Romelu Lukaku for 75 million pounds ($97.42 million) from Everton, Chelsea’s Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic (40 million) and Sweden defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica (30 million).

Arsenal fans will have to juggle their diaries this season to accommodate Thursday night Europa League football after seeing their side drop out of the top four – and miss out on Champions League qualification – for the first time this millennium. Victor can play right-back and centre midfield.

Mourinho told a news conference on Friday: “We have 25 percent left which means one of four – we got a central defender that can play many other positions which is very important”.

In an off-season that has seen more than £1 billion (S$1.77 billion) invested in players, Mancunian rivals City and United have accounted for more than a third of that spending.

Mourinho, who confirmed that Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are still sidelined with injury, believes his squad is in similar shape to how it was at the end of 20116-17, despite their three marquee signings. His next job, in Italy, saw Mourinho win a coveted treble, including the Champions League, in 2010, his second year with Inter Milan.

“The West Ham supporters I’ve spoken to are very happy with the new players”.

“I think it is game over now because everybody knows he is going to stay”.

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.

“If we cannot strengthen the team in these areas we have players that we can trust”.

“We got a central midfielder, we got a striker”.

The real signs of how serious United will be this season will come on Sunday afternoon when West Ham is the visitor to Old Trafford.

While United had to deal with playing regularly on Thursdays and Sundays on their way to winning the competition in Stockholm, Chelsea eased to the Premier League title with no European football to worry about – and neither did Liverpool, who took fourth spot as United finished sixth.