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Manchester United: José Mourinho's giants need to uphold second-season feat

12 Agosto 2017

However, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has earlier expressed his interest in Ibrahimovic and said he is ready to re-sign him again once he is fully fit to play.

Ibrahimovic was let go at the end of his one-year contract, but the Swede is undergoing rehabilitation at United ahead of his expected return to fitness in December. The former reserves coach Warren Joyce believes he is "technically sound with good skills" and "could be a proper box-to-box aggressive midfielder", plus at 6ft 4in - nearly a foot taller than he was at the start of 2015 - he is also absolutely massive. Additionally, the guaranteed goals of the 36-year-old will be vital if a goal shy United team are to challenge for the big two trophies, the Premier League and Champions League. He looked woefully inadequate in the early part of his United career but eased into his surroundings and became one of United's all-time great signings.

In the back, United may be short of right-back options especially with Timothy Fosu-Mensah leaving on loan to Crystal Palace. "I'd say seven teams to fight for the title and 20 teams to fight for the victory every weekend, every match".

Liverpool have brought in speedy Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from AS Roma and Scotland full back Andy Robertson from Hull but have not made the kind of acquisitions that would transform their chances of a first title in the Premier League era. In the meantime there will be opportunities for the likes of Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.

Romelu Lukaku looks to be the physical presence with a goal-scoring pedigree needed to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic in attack.

"The other 25 percent (of the transfer targets) will be another player playing from the sides". The Champions League is obviously more difficult. His game is more suited to the old Mourinho standard 4-3-3. West Ham endured a troubled pre-season, failing to win in their last four friendlies and being outclassed 0-3 by City. A traditional defensive midfield role does not suit Pogba and he will be free to influence things from a position closer to a "No. 10" that he excelled in at Juve. In July, they sealed a £75m deal to bring Romleu Lukaku in from Everton with Nemanja Matic arriving from Chelsea at the end of the month. He is risk-adverse, a neutralising force who will demand clean sheets first and foremost and as many narrow victories as possible.

Manchester United: José Mourinho's giants need to uphold second-season feat