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However, Mourinho has lost a number of key players to long-term injury, including defenders Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw, and wing-back Ashley Young.
Meanwhile, Chelsea kick off their title defence against Burnley today with Antonio Conte still frustrated both by the club's failure to make more signings and by the decision to allow Nemanja Matic to join United.
Mourinho's optimism is based on three beliefs; he feels he has a more settled squad than when he arrived, that they have had a better pre-season than 12 months ago and that their rivals at the top of the division will have greater distractions in European competition this time.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he is looking for new players but, as Chelsea and Leicester showed in the past two campaigns, there are benefits to having a consistent line-up. He is open. Obviously, we leave the door open for him to recover with us.
"Jose Mourinho, nearly incredibly, has never lost a home match on a Sunday in any competition during his long managerial career and I would be surprised if the Hammers caused a shock this weekend".
United begin the new league season with a home clash against West Ham United on Sunday, with Mourinho hopeful of getting off to a good start as they look to improve on last term's disappointing sixth-placed finish. Regardless of his age, the unwavering will to win is as strong as it has ever been.
The gaffer: Arsene Wenger - Entering his 22nd season as Gunners boss, the Frenchman has everything and nothing to prove at the Emirates depending on who you talk to. As you know the Premier League is the main target'. After the tragicomic years of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, United fans were willing to be patient with Mourinho as he had a significant rebuilding job on his hands. The only option Mourinho could truly call upon was Marouane Fellaini, brought on because the Red Devils had no other options that could make an impact on the game.
"It's going to be emotional to be in my old house against my old club, of course".
United have moved to replace the Swede in this summer's transfer window - bringing in Romelu Lukaku from Everton, but the possibility of the striker linking up with the club again seems a formality given Mourinho's latest comments. Romelu Lukaku may lack the technical excellence of Zlatan Ibrahimović, but he has never been accused of failing to put minnows to the sword.
The Old Trafford giants are now generally priced up at the 7-2 mark by United Kingdom bookmakers, along with defending champions Chelsea.
"The one in front of the camera and another Mourinho in the dressing room". For the first time in 20 years, Arsene Wenger's side will be missing from the Champions League as a effect of its fifth-place Premier League finish.
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