Mourinho: Man United will compete with Europe's best in two years

Mourinho also reiterated the club are still in talks to bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the club for the second half of the 2017-18 campaign. "But to have a better position in the table we must win more matches than we did last season".

It will be a tough season ahead, but I have a feeling Brighton will survive, probably by the skin of their teeth.

"In this moment, I agree with these people who think this".

"I think we played everything so we don't lose this game", the Serbian said after a performance that thoroughly impressed Mourinho. The classy Belgian has been finding the net with regularity in preseason for the Old Trafford outfit and looks a good thing at 11/4 with bet365 to score first. 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.

"Whatever you think of United manager Jose Mourinho, he won two trophies last season and got them back into the Champions League, and he has strengthened them again significantly this summer". He's made history everywhere with Porto, Inter and now he can do it with Manchester United. We lost only one league match at home and in the cups never lost (at home), but there were too many draws.

United's second top scorer in the league last season was Juan Mata with six while Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and the now departed Wayne Rooney each managed just five.

United did not finish lower than third in the Premier League era under Sir Alex Ferguson, but since his retirement have ended seventh, fourth, fifth and sixth. This time we are all in the same basket, it is going to be the same for everybody.

But the Belgium worldwide failed to convince Mourinho during their time together at Chelsea and will be playing in the Champions League proper for the first time. The arrival of 11 "important" players - as Guardiola refers to them - has handed the Spanish coach an embarrassment of riches up in attack and fresh energy throughout his squad, which now has an average age of 24. "But that spurs us even more, everybody writing us off already, so I hope we can prove them wrong". I understand by doing 75 percent of what I asked, the club did very well.

Chelsea have been active in the transfer market, signing striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, plus defender Antonio Rudiger, goalkeeper Willy Caballero and Tiemoue Bakayoko, the midfielder bought from Monaco before Nemanja Matic was sold to rivals Manchester United.