Premier League preview: Manchester rivals chase Chelsea


Following a whirlwind summer than has taken them from Los Angeles to Skopje, Manchester United are finally set to begin the new Premier League season.

An unerring knack of drawing matches they dominated proved their undoing, struggling to break teams down when top goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic was absent or stuttered. Now in his second season in charge, Mourinho has had time to run his eye over the squad and shake out any bad habits they may have developed under previous managers.

Romelu Lukaku is a very good striker, and the Belgium worldwide will be determined to make a strong start to the new Premier League campaign for his new club. The England right back forced his way out of a Tottenham side that finished ahead of City in second place.

"We always had more goals with wingers, midfielders getting 10 goals, central defenders getting five goals, and last season that didn't happen much".

"It's very hard when you see the spending of some clubs in the summer, Manchester United of course and Chelsea who will be right up there".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is confident that his team will fight to win the English Premier League title this season.

Though Arsenal may be aided by missing out on the Champions League for first time on Arsene Wenger's watch, the Gunners must retain Chilean star Alexis Sanchez.

Antonio Conte lifted the Premier League title in May at the end of his first season as Chelsea manager, but the summer hasn't gone according to plan for the Italian.

"So between the players we lost and the players we got, I think we are in a similar situation". Leicester City was 12th a year ago after shocking the world by winning the title the previous season, and the squad is listed as a +550 dog with the draw at +350.

"That group of players is going to stay for a long time at Manchester City", he said.

"But the top seven, we're going to be in the four competitions, so there's no advantage for any one of us".

For Jose Mourinho, his second season at a football club has always brought success.

"But what the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City can do, they can do that and good luck to them".

Addressing the media in a press conference on Friday, Mourinho said, "Twenty-five per cent means one of four".

The signings of defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica, midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea and striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton have also lifted the mood. Ibrahimović's goals got the headlines and secured many results previous year, but it was Pogba that made the team tick.

West Ham will go in search of their first win at Old Trafford since May 2007, when a Carlos Tevez strike gave Alan Curbishley's side victory and preserved their Premier League status.

"It's different to any one of the other leagues".

"We are Manchester United and we want to get back to being the big Manchester United".