Jose Mourinho eyes second season glory with Manchester United

Cast your minds back to this time previous year when West Ham United were dealing with Europa League qualifying football as well as an exhaustive trip to the United States of America for pre-season. Zlatan Ibrahimovic got 17 as part of 28 in all competitions before his campaign was ended early by a knee ligament injury.

Mourinho has sought to strengthen his squad over the summer, bringing in Nemanja Matic, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku for a combined fee of more than £145million. During a five year spell with the Red Devils, he went on to score 59 goals from 157 appearances. But as we prepare for our all-important opener against Manchester United, we need to reflect on last season's opener against Chelsea, more importantly, how prepared we were.

'I just think naturally a manager in the second season knows the players better, knows the club better.

Mourinho led United to victory in the League Cup and Europa League last season, the latter yielding a place in the Champions League, but their football was drab and they finished a distant sixth in the league. "I think we are ready".

Behind the trio remain three other contenders: Tottenham (US$11.00), Arsenal (US$13.00) & Liverpool (US$16.00). "It will not be easy but we travel to win the game".

And the United manager has pointed out that his remarkable record of winning the domestic title in the second season at his previous clubs offers no guarantees that the trend will continue this term.

The Red Devils boss has enjoyed success nearly without interruption across a 17-year managerial career, winning eight domestic titles, two Champions Leagues and two Europa Leagues.

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However, Mourinho has lost a number of key players to long-term injury, including defenders Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw, and wing-back Ashley Young. How will United create the opportunities for the 24-year-old to fire United to a title challenge?

Mourinho is quoted by the Daily Star as having said that despite being a "giant" club, United can not depend on it's reputation alone to compete for major titles.

"We are just in a position to do quality work better than in the first".

Pep Guardiola's second season in charge of Manchester City will end in a Premier League title triumph, according to Thierry Henry. Chelsea, without European football, were able to run away with the title, as Leicester managed to do the season before.

I, for one, am glad to see the Premier League return!

"He is in the plans of the coach and the club, and it is in his own plans and ambitions to stay there Then I won't even think about it".

He achieved the feat at Porto, Chelsea twice, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, with the only exceptions to the rule being his first two management roles, at Benfica and Uniao de Leiria, where he lasted less than a season in both cases.

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