Mourinho confirms Ibrahimovic talks are underway

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Août 13, 2017

That is a big change from a year ago, when United played only five pre-season matches after a friendly against Manchester City in Beijing was called off. Zlatan Ibrahimovic got 17 as part of 28 in all competitions before his campaign was ended early by a knee ligament injury. I want the Champions League to start. He's available, can we get him?' I think Chelsea more often than not have backed their managers and brought in the players needed.

However, Mourinho has lost a number of key players to long-term injury, including defenders Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw, and wing-back Ashley Young. We also got a central midfielder and a striker.

Mourinho is now preparing his team for their Premier League opener against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon as they look to kick off their season with a victory. I'll just go with everything I have to try to win every match we play.

"For large spells of last season, we felt we should have been higher up in the league than we were and performances certainly warranted that for large periods as well".

"It would be better to lose two or three but win three or four more and then have six or eight more points and then a different position in the table".

"We are much better organised at every level".

If Mourinho is feeling the pressure of maintaining his record of winning league titles within two years at Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan and Real Madrid, he's not showing it.

But Mourinho says a massive signing for United was Nemanja Matic from champions Chelsea for £40m.

The Portuguese coach concedes his squad is "similar" to the one he took charge of last season. The no limits spending of Chelsea's title rivals prompted a tetchy response from Stamford Bridge, where boss Antonio Conte has been grumbling about his club's failure to land Lukaku and other targets. And I always had respect and the desire to do well in the English cups and I always liked to go to the finals.

"There is no relation between others or a guarantee because I always do, but I just think naturally a manger in the second season knows the club and players better".

"We have certainly improved the squad, we look stronger, we are a year further ahead with the manager and his staff, we are in a better place than we were last year, so things are on the up".

"It's not just hope it's convinced that the quality of the team will be better, I have conditions to deliver a better one than the first".

While Mourinho has welcomed the new signings, he argues that of greater significance is the fact his team will not have their domestic fixture list disrupted by the Europa League this season. Chelsea, without European football, were able to run away with the title, as Leicester managed to do the season before.

"I don't think I am in a position to be moaning and crying".

"This time we are all in the same basket and it will be the same for everybody".

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