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

United look to restore dominance at Old Trafford

Manchester United fans are convinced Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to re-join their club after tweeting just hours after Jose Mourinho confirmed talks are underway regarding a new deal for the veteran striker.

Mourinho stressed at the end of the 2016-17 season he was keen to bring in four new faces this summer with the club acting quickly to sign Victor Lindelof in June. I think we're in for plenty of goals and a decent City win.

"They know how to play these games".

Fellow Southerners Watford also caused a few upsets earlier in the season in beating Jose Mourinho's Man United in September and Arsenal in January.

"Everyone is available except the injuries that everybody knows, so the injuries that come from the previous season with surgeries".

"I opened the door for him at some stage as I had many strikers and it's important for him to play but I don't want him to go", he said. I saw him on the TV last season, but it will depend on how he and the other players adjust to the Premier League. United have the terrible Luke Shaw, recovering from injury, so there is a chance that he could be booted off to London and their collection of restaurants, and Rose could come up North and act like a professional in a way that Shaw plainly doesn't.

West Ham will be without Manuel Lanzini after the forward suffered a knock in training.

However, after failing to reach an agreement with Inter Milan for long-term target Ivan Perisic, the United manager is yet again contemplating the Welsh international's arrival to Manchester.

Despite helping the Blues win the Premier League title, Willian had a hard start under new boss Conte after he was sidelined a number of times with Pedro and Eden Hazard's partnership being preferred for Diego Costa. "I'm happy with the effort the club did and I'm happy they managed to do 75 percent of the work before the Premier League starts".

Mourinho's side begin their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on Sunday having enjoyed a strong pre-season, winning six out of seven friendlies before losing to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday. He's made history everywhere with Porto, Inter and now he can do it with Manchester United.

And it's the Red Devils who Shearer thinks will triumph.

Twenty teams would be competing in the 2017/18 Premier League, with the top seventeen teams from the last season, and three teams promoted from the Championship playing in the top English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992.

Townsend feels the Amex Stadium outfit have every chance of a long-term future in the Premier League should they beat the drop this time.

Manchester United showed glimpses of what they could do against an nearly full strength Real Madrid in the second half in Skopje - and they looked as cohesive and risky on the break as they have been in the last few years.

"If they stay there this year, the confidence they will get from that".

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