West Ham United in a better place than last season — OPINION

Manchester City's Danilo celebrates a goal with team mates. Lucy Nicholson Reuters

Finding a traditional poacher can be difficult in the modern game.

Asked about Manchester United's ambitions for the season, Mourinho said: "Yes, we can win the Premier League".

Liverpool, trying to fend off Barcelona's interest in £100 million-rated forward Philippe Coutinho, are at Watford.

"We have more experience of working together than we had last season".

"So I'm convinced I have - not just the hope - but the conviction that our second season, in terms of the quality of our team, is going to be better". It was a consolation for not winning the match, I guess.

Marc Albrighton served in a perfect ball from the left, curling a cross for Vardy, who capped the sequence against the run of play with his first goal of the season.

"I think everybody is in Europe".

"Six players were out of contract".

"That's different to the three other leagues I have worked in".

Premier League champions Chelsea have completed four transfer deals after recruiting Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, AS Roma's Antonio Rudiger, Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

If we analyse recent history between MUFC and West Ham, we can see that United were undefeated in all three games against The Hammers last season. Impressively, he only earned four bookings in over 2000 minutes of Premier League football. "There is no advantage for anyone".

Two minutes later, Lacazette nearly scored the go-ahead goal, showing patience deep in Leicester's box only to force a tough save by Schmeichel, who tipped it over the bar. His shooting is often derided as weak.

"I don't say the league, because I've been in this league for a long time".

Both north London sides will be tested from the off, with Arsenal kicking off the new season with the visit of Leicester City on Friday evening, and Spurs travelling to Rafa Benitez's Newcastle on Sunday. "But we have players and if we cannot strengthen the team in these areas, we have players that we trust". During a five year spell with the Red Devils, he went on to score 59 goals from 157 appearances.

Perhaps it is all just an overreaction and Chelsea will cruise to victory, but failure to win will continue to keep tongues wagging. His patient possession style was, after a while, considered dull even in Amsterdam, and he was hardly a roaring success in a brief spell in Italy at Inter. But we didn't realize how poor some players would be.

Jose Mourinho should not make too many changes to the side that lost 1-2 against Real Madrid in Skopje a few days ago. More of the same is required to maintain the league's reputation as the most competitive in the world.

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

Both Mourinho and Guardiola have spent big this summer, and both may spend again before the window closes. "The trend has always to come from the team".

However, the club did win the Europa League and the League Cup, giving the manager a platform of success on which to build. But also the motivation is higher. His style is so innately British, he is bound to be a hit at the Hawthorns.

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