Slater: Manchester duo poised to challenge Chelsea for title

Solenn Plantier
Августа 12, 2017

"In my initial analysis from January and through the months I was thinking of four players but I'm not a hard person to work with in spite of if you make it look different", said Mourinho, ahead of United's Premier League opener against West Ham, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho is bracing himself to miss out on landing a fourth and final summer signing, with Manchester United likely to go into the new season without the winger they wanted.

Shearer, who won the league with Blackburn in 1995, believes Antonio Conte will have to make two or three more key signings if they are to repeat last season's heroics.

"There is no guarantee but naturally a manager in his second season knows the club and the players better".

Manchester United have spent the biggest transfer fee this summer so far after signing Romelu Lukaku in a £75m deal from Everton following Victor Lindelof's arrival from Benfica.

United scored the least goals of the seven teams to qualify for Europe from the Premier League last season at 54, 32 fewer than the highest in Tottenham. "They need to get in another two or three players, I think, to have a chance of retaining that title".

"I don't say I know the league better because I have been in this league for a long time".

"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".

Bosnia is just one of 105 nations outside the British Isles who have supplied players to the Premier League in its 25-year history.

The full backs are young - Mendy, Kyle, Danilo. Jose Mourinho's side play West Ham at Old Trafford, while Spurs travel to play Newcastle in what is perhaps the most interesting game of the weekend.

Moreover, there have been recently constant reports suggesting Bale's departure from the Spanish capital, amid links to the Premier League giants.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is probably favourite to start ahead of Juan Mata and Anthony Martial so he should support Romelu Lukaku with the Belgian global set to make his league debut following his big-money move from Everton this summer.

Last season, Mourinho eventually had to prioritise the Europa League over the Premier League in a bid to secure Champions League football.

It represents a significant change for West Ham, who have looked overseas for many of their signings in recent years, with successes like Dimitri Payet offset by a number of failures in the window.

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