Manchester rivals splash the cash in bid to topple Chelsea

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"The bad news for the Hammers is that Romelu Lukaku scored against the European Champions midweek".

Manchester United will kick off their new campaign on Sunday at Old Trafford against West Ham.

Another former United forward, Wayne Rooney, will make his first Premier League start since rejoining boyhood club Everton when they host Stoke City at Goodison Park on Saturday.

"We got a central midfielder, we got a striker".

Manchester City finished third among 20 EPL teams a year ago and last won the title in the 2013-14 campaign.

It is too early to say who has got the best of the most frenetic transfer market, but few of the buys come with the proven record that Zlatan Ibrahimoivic brought to United last summer.

Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic have so far arrived this summer, but Mourinho always meant to make four acquisitions.

"You know he's injured, he needs time to recover, he's not ready to play tomorrow", Mourinho said.

"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".

Pogba had a great season a year ago and his lack of goals and assists shouldn't distract people from his overall play; I expect him to easily double his goal-and-assist tally. While the League Cup is little regarded, the Europa League provided a ticket into the Champions League - and probably the signature of Lukaku.

"I have conditions to deliver a better team than I did in the first season".

Mohamed Diame turned his back on the Premier League a year ago.

"I'm so happy to be the manager of these guys, I told them a few days ago that during my long career I never had a group that I liked so much, like I like them", he said, after United's 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje on Tuesday.

"What I had in other clubs was more players scoring goals, what we had was midfielders, wingers scoring, central defenders scoring goals at set pieces", Mourinho said. Despite finishing sixth in the league, the Portuguese coach completed his first season at United with two trophies.

"This time, we are all in the same basket".

The midfielder scored the goal at Wembley that took Hull City into English football's top flight. "They have to play on the Thursdays, but the top seven are going to be in the four competitions, so no advantage for any one of us".

Swansea's purchase of Roque Mesa for £11 million looks a bargain for a player whose slick passing stood out for Las Palmas last season.

The 35-year-old was the only United player to get into double figures in the league.

The big money arrivals of Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic certainly represent the necessary statement of intent, though United have tried and failed, often at great expense, to find a winning formula since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

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