Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

EPL Matchday 1 Preview: Manchester United vs West Ham United

EPL Matchday 1 Preview: Manchester United vs West Ham United

However, Mourinho added that one key factor to their title charge at Old Trafford will sharing the scoring load amongst numerous players, as was the case at his previous clubs, and hopes the onus will not be left exclusively on the shoulders of new striker Rolmelu Lukaku.

This comes on the back of a report from the BBC that claimed Jose Mourinho would "fight with other coaches" to sign the winger if he wasn't in Real Madrid's plans.

"It s getting much harder for everyone, so we don t know".

"I am really happy to start the Premier League this weekend because our pre-season was very complete in a way where we start playing against Major League Soccer teams and we end it playing against the best teams in Europe", he said.

A move failed to transpire, although Willian struggled to cement his place in Antonio Conte's first-choice line-up and started less than half of their Premier League games as he had to make do with appearances from the substitutes' bench, along with a few niggling injuries.

The three sides that came up from the Championship are amongst them, obviously, though with Rafa Benitez at the helm, Newcastle should have a much more comfortable time of it than the other two, so long as the Spaniard doesn't fall out with Mike Ashley. He's a player who gives me what I like, which is consistency.

"I think every one of us is equipped to win the title".

At the other end of the player scale, it takes Jordan Ibe nearly 14 games of playing time to buy a typical place in Bournemouth.

"Then I won't even think about it".

After spending millions in the window, will the likes of Man United and Man City display nearly flawless football, or will they fail to meet their silverware aspirations this season?

"We have spent, yes, but all the teams - with the exception of Tottenham - have spent", Guardiola said. He also outlined his ambitions of winning more trophies at the club, as well as becoming one of the best players in the world.

"I think we were close because to be fair to Manchester United, they offered far more money than Real Madrid did and also, as far as I know, offered far more wages, so we tried to get Gareth Bale".

He lets it be known he arrived at the club's training ground at 9.30 on Friday morning and worked flat out until the evening when he dashed back to his hotel to watch Arsenal beat Leicester, his busy day punctuated by a two-hour training session in the afternoon. We sat and endured the signings coming to the club, in time for our debut season at the London Stadium.

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