Mourinho eyes second season glory with United

Eden Hazard

Leaping from sixth place to top may appear ambitious but United are precisely that. You can not have a manager for 26 years - the best manager in history, achieving everything, changing the squad every couple of years, changing players, even all the staff sometimes - there was always going to be a transition.

Leicester and Chelsea won the previous two Premier League titles in campaigns without European football, while Liverpool's top-four finish last season came in similar circumstances, but this time around all of last season's top seven are in the Champions League or Europa League.

"What we had was midfielders and wingers scoring, and even central defenders scoring goals from set pieces", Mourinho said.

With the Premier League season kicking off on Friday, we look at five questions ahead of the new campaign. With these six to eight more points, our position in the table would be different. "That's my aim and at the end of the season we will see the results".

Guardiola, a former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager, has yet to win a trophy since taking charge of City at the start of last season.

"There can be no excuses now, this is his second season and he has to produce it now".

"You know he's injured, he needs time to recover, he's not ready to play tomorrow", Mourinho said of the club's top scorer last season.

"It's the way I trust the player is going to perform so I think it's a fantastic signing for us".

Last season's Premier League runner up is anticipated to be on the radar this season because the quality of the Spurs team is still at its best and the fact that It's going to be Wembley all the way! "If that is going to mean better results and the title, I don't know".

After a season in which the now-departed (but slated to return) Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted 28 goals, the obvious focus is on Lukaku to step into those boots.

"My initial analysis from January and progressing through other months I was thinking of four players but I am not a hard person to work with, even if looks different or you want to make it look so". I've always liked Marko Arnautovic, he's given West Ham problems whenever he's played against them for Stoke and Javier Hernandez is an extremely exciting addition to the side.

Guardiola had said last season that he wanted more English players at City but he has only added defender Kyle Walker from Tottenham and said the domestic transfer market is even crazier than Europe and the rest of the world. "If he stays fit, he scores goals".



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