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Jose Mourinho hoping to continue second-season success record with Manchester United

Jose Mourinho hoping to continue second-season success record with Manchester United

New signings Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic have all started strongly, with the £75m Belgian frontman netting against Zinedine Zidane's side in Skopje last Tuesday.

Mourinho has guided clubs FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea again, to league titles in his second full season.

Asked if Manchester United was his team now, he didn't hesitate to agree.

Newcastle will feature in the Premier League this season after winning automatic promotion from the Championship at the end of the 2016-17 campaign. I'm not in a position to say I'm not happy.

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.

Manchester City have lavished untold riches on full-backs in the transfer window, but arguably their most important player this season will be captain Kompany.




And his confidence comes from the major shake-up at Old Trafford in his year in charge. With 25 and 29 goals in the last two seasons, Kane is set to become the first Englishman to win the award three times in a row since Alan Shearer performed the feat between 1994-1997 and just the third player ever since Thierry Henry equaled the record for Arsenal between 2003-06.

The Red Devils' start to the season is favourable, not facing a top six side from a year ago until the clash at Anfield against arch rivals Liverpool on October 14.

4 - Romelu Lukaku is only the 4th player to score 80+ Premier League goals before the age of 24 (Owen, Rooney and Fowler). "The reality is totally different", Mourinho said.

"We were focused on the striker getting goals and when it didn't happen we were in trouble". Now, he's in his second season and the clouds appear to be gathering over the Stamford Bridge skyline.

"In my initial analysis from January and through the months I was thinking of four players but I'm not a hard person to work with in spite of if you make it look different", said Mourinho, ahead of United's Premier League opener against West Ham, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Sunday.

Looking at the Premier League's first five fixtures for West Ham United, I'm thinking we could have 10 points from 15 games, but keep an eye out for Jack Kavanagh's Brace The Hammer Predictions articles every week for predictions from myself, as well as our other brilliant writers.