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Mourinho feels his squad are now equipped to challenge for Premier League

13 August 2017, 03:45 | Pamela Mathis

"We always had that so my teams always had the goalscorer, we always had the guy that scores more goals, but then we had the winger that scored 15 goals, we had the midfield player who scored 10 goals, we had the central defender that scored five goals. Last season, two of them were not in Europe", Mourinho said.

He said: "When I joined Manchester United a year ago I thought immediately that we needed a Matic kind of player".

'I thought about Matic but I never like to go to players where I think it's an impossible mission (to sign them).

As stingy as United's defence was last season - Mourinho's team kept the joint most clean sheets in the league with 17 - they can at times look really shaky at the back and will need to avoid conceding late goals. 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.

"It's getting much harder for everyone, so we don't know".

"I think he's one of those players where there are no question marks in front".

The Premier League returns this Friday, as Arsenal face Leicester at the Emirates.

Summer signing Victor Lindelof is in line to make his Premier League debut and he could be partnered by Eric Bailly with Chris Smalling dropping to the bench.

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He's one of those players who gives me consistency which is what I like.

"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".

"I just think naturally that a manger in the second season knows the players better, knows the club better". We are much better organised at every level.

'I think every one of us in his own way is equipped to do it.

Jose Mourinho does not feel under pressure to deliver at Manchester United this season, with the Portuguese manager optimistic about his team's chances in the Premier League and Champions League. The medical department is better, the logistics, how we organise training routines, the analysis department.

Since Alex Ferguson retired after the 2013 title win, the Red Devils have not finished in the top three but some serious investment in new players gives manager Jose Mourinho, starting his second season at the club, the sense that things are coming together.

"So I'm happy to start on Sunday, we are ready".

'At the end of the season we will see the results, but I look forward to it with optimism and enthusiasm.



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