Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Jose Mourinho looking for more goalscorers at Manchester United

Jose Mourinho looking for more goalscorers at Manchester United

However, at the start of the window the Portuguese tactician identified four players to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in order to bolster his squad - meaning the job is only 75% complete, but Mourinho is adamant he won't cry if his final target fails to arrive before the end of the month.

"If I was a Premier League manager and had to choose between Lukaku, [Alvaro] Morata and [Alexandre] Lacazette, I would choose Lukaku, always".

Guardiola said: "Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season".

"I don't think I am going to win it because I always win it in the second season".

"I just think he was very clear showing that what he did past year was not enough for him".

"We added three players as you know - one defender, one midfielder and one attacking player, but for this beginning of the season we lost important players too", the former Chelsea manager added.

"We have had a better pre-season than past year and we have the confidence levels of a team that has won a European competition and returned to the Champions League". A good season for me?

But now Hughton believes the Spaniard can put those experiences to good use to push his side firmly into title contention.

West Ham have also been active in the transfer market after flirting with the relegation zone last season and could feature Mexico global and ex-United striker Javier Hernandez in attack on Sunday.

That is a big change from a year ago, when United played only five pre-season matches after a friendly against Manchester City in Beijing was called off. Nemanja Matic can reprise his role as enforcer, with either Eric Bailly or Victor Lindelof hopefully establishing themselves as a dominant centre back in front of the solid David de Gea.

Everybody knows that Guardiola's game big time depends on full backs so it's no wonder that City spent nearly £150m on Kyle Walker, Benjamind Mendy and Danilo, while other two signings are potent midfielder Bernardo Silva and Primeira Liga's best goalkeeper Ederson.

While Mourinho has welcomed the new signings, he argues that of greater significance is the fact his team will not have their domestic fixture list disrupted by the Europa League this season.

"We have the confidence levels of a team who won a European competition".

"Given the transfers, I think what you do is you try to assess nearly a middle market".

He said: "We have a giant on our chest which is really heavy, but we don't compare to the biggest clubs in Europe right now".

The United boss is aiming higher this time and wants the 35-year-old to be a part of that effort.

No one doubted that English clubs would break their own £1.2 billion transfer-spending record this summer; all that was disputed was by how much and which players would go where.

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