Man United's Mourinho: Prem title more realistic than last season

David de Gea

So, my last blog was talking about how the National Football League was coming back and that pre-season was a good way to get your fix of football.

Jose Mourinho has also reunited with Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic at Old Trafford after luring the Serbia star from the Premier League champions.

Mourinho confirmed United are in talks to re-sign striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, following reports from Sky in Italy earlier this week.

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"It is not because I have always done it (won the league title in his second season) that I am going to do it again", Mourinho said.

Another player sent out on loan by Chelsea, the 22-year-old Loftus-Cheek looks sure to get plenty more first-team action at Palace either in central midfield or in the No. 10 role behind the striker. What we had was midfielders, wingers, scoring, central defenders scoring goals at set pieces. "But to have a better position in table we need to win more".

The Portuguese coach concedes his squad is "similar" to the one he took charge of last season.

Halifax housing economist Martin Ellis said: "As we welcome the 26th Premier League season, it appears that success on the field has rubbed off on property prices in the areas surrounding the grounds of numerous nation's top-flight clubs". But he insists, despite that, the title is a more realistic target. Again they are starting to play that brand of football that we know Jose Mourinho does and in Jose's second season now, I think they will finish in top-four - they will do well.

"But this is something that always happens in pre-season, yet my expectation is that Aaron will be able to give our team the same contribution as he did last season".

The Seagulls will host big-spending Manchester City for their Premier League debut on Saturday, with manager Hughton tipping Pep Guardiola's men as strong title contenders.

"It's not something urgent, that we are desperate to have it done or not done, I just think that he was very clear by showing what he did previous year was not enough for him".

"I am happy that the club managed to do 75 per cent of the work before the Premier League starts and, if until Aug 31 the remaining 25 per cent don't arrive, I will not moan".

"Some, okay, have the luck to play Tuesday or Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday, but in the end the same number of matches".

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