Man Utd trust in Mourinho's second-season recipe

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

By making the pitch as wide and as long as possible when in possession, the opposition have to work harder and run further to stop his side finding gaps in their defensive lines that they can then play through and cause damage. Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku followed Swedish center-back Victor Lindelof was followed to Old Trafford, and Nemanja Matic was reunited with Mourinho from Chelsea. I am happy with the effort the club did and that the club managed to do 75 percent of the work before the Premier League starts and until August 31.

The Swedish star scored 28 goals in all competitions before he was injured in the Champions League quarter-final against Anderlecht in April.

It was one of the costliest moves in Europe during a summer transfer window that has seen United midfielder Paul Pogba replaced as the most expensive player in football by Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros ($262 million). It is a testament to the incredible desire and love for the game the former Sweden captain possesses to come back from such an injury at the age of 36 and still want to play the game at the highest level.

However, Mourinho did confirm that talks are on to re-sign striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is recovering from a knee ligament injury.

"With all respect to the players, last season we were one of the oldest teams in the Premier League".

"There are some transfers that have gone ahead so far that are so above our levels you nearly have to disregard them".

The Premier League legend said on BBC Sport: "Chelsea I do sense, there is something brewing there, which isn't nice".

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He said: 'We added three players: one defender, one midfielder and one attacker. Not playing on Thursday nights will also be a benefit as United look to improve their Premier League form after a disappointing sixth-place finish.

"So I don't think I am in a position of crying, of moaning, of protesting". Leicester City was 12th past year after shocking the world by winning the title the previous season, and the squad is listed as a +550 dog with the draw at +350.

Manchester City have spent big this summer to sure up the full-back spots, bringing in Kyle Walker from Tottenham (£50m) and Benjamin Mendy from Monaco (£50m), as well as Danilo from Real Madrid (£26.5m).

Arsenal have kept hold of their Chile forward Alexis Sanchez but he will be missing for the opening match of the season on Friday against visitors Leicester City, whose key player Riyad Mahrez has also been the subject of transfer speculation.

The 1.88-meter (6-foot-2) Morata has a powerful physique and the Premier League should provide the flawless setting to prove that he can be the main man up front.

The 20-team league will begin with teams already prepared and ready to go all out against each other on a home and away basis.

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