Jose Mourinho singles out one player for praise after Real Madrid defeat

Jose Mourinho praised Romelu Lukaku for scoring twice against West Ham

The 35-year-old was the only United player to get into double figures in the league.

It didn't really begin at all for City and Guardiola last season, which is why the pressure has increased ahead of 2017-18; a second successive season without a trophy would be unthinkable, not only for City's hugely ambitious owners, but also for the club's manager, who boasts a CV that is all about winning.

"Manchester came to me, they talked to my agent, but nothing happened, because Chelsea would not release me in any way, but I'm very happy when the interest comes because it shows that our work is being seen".

Leicester City's triumph two years ago has shown us that any team with the right personnel, management and good luck against injuries, can challenge for and win the title; however, for this season I believe that the victor will come from a group of seven teams which I will tag as the contenders. We played 3-4-3 with a diamond, it's such a demanding system, so attacking, but so demanding defensively, and we did it quite well, yet for me it doesn't matter as it's pre-season.

"Because Manchester United is a real giant, it doesn't matter if the club is somewhat far away from that level for three, four, five or 10 years..."

"We had lots of dominance at home, lots of chances, lots when the match should be two or three nil and in the end was 1-1".

"We did it earlier and we are lucky because it would be more expensive now", said the Catalan. "Mourinho knows him and he's won two titles, but can he get back to being the player I saw in 2014 and 2015?"

Lukaku isn't the only player being reunited Mourinho, who also convinced former club Chelsea to sell Nemanja Matic to United.


Abraham's burst onto the Championship scene last season for Bristol City aged just 19.

The following transfer windows have seen the Londoners fail to land many of their transfer targets like United's Wayne Rooney and Everton's John Stones.

He said: "It's not because I have always done it that I am going to do it. If the remaining 25 per cent don't arrive I will not moan, I will just go with everything I have to try to win every match I play".

The word conspicuously put out by some at United was that Fellaini "changed the game", but that's only because it's evident that United need something of a change in their attack in the first place, an evolution, or an evidently better player.

"I'm going to fight for them". Chelsea, without European football, were able to run away with the title, as Leicester managed to do the season before.

But Mourinho believes there are as many as seven candidates to challenge for Chelsea's crown in the coming campaign.

"Okay, some will have the luck to play Tuesday or Wednesday, or Saturday or Sunday, but in the end, the number of matches will be the same for everybody. There is no advantage for anyone".

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