Jose Mourinho Ready For Second-Year Success

Jose Mourinho Ready For Second-Year Success

Jose Mourinho Ready For Second-Year Success

It was a classic Mourinho move - the image was splashed on the front pages of most newspapers and websites giving readers a lingering sense that this was a team that had tasted a lot of success.

"He thinks he can do more at football's highest level so we are having conversations and discussing the possibility of him staying for the second part of the season".

Gayle failed to make a huge impact in the Premier League when he was at Crystal Palace, but the 27-year-old striker was in brilliant form for Newcastle in the Championship last season.

Manchester United players pose for a team photo before the UEFA Super Cup match. He said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

"I am happy that the club managed to do 75 per cent of the work before the Premier League starts and, if until Aug 31 the remaining 25 per cent don't arrive, I will not moan".

Last season Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the only player to reach double figures in league goals with 17, while Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney were the next best with just six goals each.

However, the signing of former Chelsea midfielder Matic has particularly pleased Mourinho.

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In the 2016/17 season, Mata was the second-highest scorer for the team in the league with just six goals, behind Ibrahimovic's 17.

Antonio Valencia should start at right-back with Matteo Darmian moving out to left-back as Luke Shaw continues to work his way back to full fitness. A partnership between Herrera and Matic will allow Pogba more freedom to express himself and the license to roam forward. The Champions League is obviously more hard. But it is this defence that looks the most undecided at the moment.

"It's not urgent, not desperate to have it done or not done", said Mourinho.

Despite Romelu Lukaku's arrival, Mourinho knows the Belgian can not be relied upon exclusively, and requires more from the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford.

"I am happy with the effort the club did and that the club managed to do 75 percent of the work before the Premier League starts and until August 31". Sergio Romero represents a solid second choice, who is happy to step up when called on.

"I appreciate the good words about myself that Mourinho speaks".

Mourinho spoke highly of Hernandez earlier in the week and his admiration of the 29-year-old is obvious.

The big question still remains whether Mourinho can forge a consistent starting side out of his squad after a year in which injuries hampered any attempt at continuity.

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"And last season that didn't happen much - we were focused on the goals that our striker was scoring and when he was not scoring, the team was a little bit in trouble to win matches".

Manchester United begin their bid to be genuine Premier League title contenders tomorrow, when they face West Ham knowing that an improvement in home form is vital. Some of these are tricky fixtures, but it's against teams like these that United struggled last season.

And his confidence comes from the major shake-up at Old Trafford in his year in charge. Arsenal the same, they didn't sell the top players like Ozil, Alexis, that some expected.

Romelu Lukaku is this summer's star signing to help fire United to the top of the table but manager Mourinho reckons everything has changed in the past 12 months.

Since taking over the reins at the Manchester club, the Portuguese manager has spent over £300 million and meticulously cherry-picked his signings.

Mourinho won the title in his second season in both spells at Chelsea, as well as during his time at Real Madrid and Inter Milan. Becoming the first United manager to finish on top of the pile since Sir Alex Ferguson is great motivation for someone with his pride and ego, and numerous troubles that afflicted his first season, despite winning two cup trophies, have disappeared.

Since Ferguson's departure, United have finished seventh, fourth, fifth and sixth in the Premier League.

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