Point Blank! 'United 2 Years Behind Europe's Best' - Mourinho

Ross Houston
August 13, 2017

"Last season we won trophies".

The Two-time Premier League winners have focused on bolstering their defence, with the aim of dethroning defending Champions Chelsea this season.

Manchester City are favourites with the bookmakers (but what do they know?) after splashing bundles of money on defensive players this summer.

At the other end, Peter Crouch has six Premier League goals against the Toffees including one last season.

"I don't think I am going to win it because I always win it in the second season". This summer we had to do that because we had one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League. What we had was midfielders, wingers, scoring, central defenders scoring goals at set pieces.

"I just think that naturally, a manager in the second season knows the players and knows the club better. I have better conditions to deliver a better season than my first one".

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we will not spend how we spent this season", Guardiola told reporters ahead of City's Premier League opener at Brighton on Saturday.

While the midfield and attack we have here is as impressive as it gets, we have left out Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure. I think it will be a draw. In the last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full backs.

The Portuguese manager believes it will take two or more years to restore the Red Devils to their rightful place among the very best after four seasons of upheaval following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

"I opened the door for him [Giroud] at some stage as I had many strikers and it's important for him to play but I don't want him to go", said Wenger.

He said the 30 year-old, who scored the victor in tonight's 4-3 win over Leicester, was "at the top of his game" and that he had never wanted to move him on. I don't say the league because I have been in this league a long time.

"Do I have to be more of a leader?"

Prodigal son Wayne Rooney returns after 13 years away from the club at Man Utd, and the proceeds of the Lukaku sale have also seen the arrival of Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, Burnley's England defender Michael Keane and Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen, who could be a shrewd purchase.

United suffered with a lengthy injury list throughout last season but Mourinho was pleased to announce that his squad is in excellent shape heading in to the new campaign.

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