Manchester United vs West Ham: Potential XI with three at the back

Ross Houston
August 13, 2017

"The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world and Arsenal are one of the best clubs in it, year after year they've shown their consistency", said Shakespeare.

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"We decided last season we could change the team to make the team younger for the next four or five years".

Following the Red Devils" 2-1 loss at the hands of Los Blancos in the Uefa Super Cup meeting earlier in the week, the "special one' all-but ruled out a move for the latter and has hinted that he's ready to place full faith in his existing players.

The United manager believes Ibrahimovic still has unfinished business in the Premier League despite the serious knee injury that cut short his first season in England.

The signings of defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica, midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea and striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton have also lifted the mood. Like with any eventual champion, we'll need some luck with injuries to key players, and maybe an unexpected meltdown or two at some of the other challengers (E.g., Conte trying to fight one of his players during a game, Guardiola getting busted for systematic blood do-.nevermind).

"I just think naturally a manager in the second season knows the players better, knows the club better". We have confidence levels of a team that won a European competition and is back in the Champions League.

'It's the start of the Premier League and it's very important for us.

Speaking to the press on Friday ahead of his Manchester United side's opening weekend fixture against West Ham at Old Trafford, Mourinho said: "Everybody - the top seven - are all in Europe".

These new assets were acquired to help form an incredibly talented squad that Mourinho now must bring together to challenge the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City. "I understand the reality of the market, I understand the reality of the number", Mourinho told a press conference, the Manchester Evening News report.

"I am not a hard person to work with and I understand the reality of the market, I understand the reality of the numbers - and I also understand that my club by doing 75 per cent of what I initially asked, I think the club did very well".

Spending by the league's 20 clubs has already passed the £1 billion mark, with the usually hectic final few days before deadline day on August 31 set to send that figure higher.

"We have got a central defender who can play in many other positions, such as right-back and central midfield".

"Signing Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta has brought in experience and some much-needed strength of character, but it's the return to the Premier League of Javier Hernandez which has caused most interest - finally West Ham may have a striker who knows where the goal is".

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