Ex-star happy with his time at Manchester United

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Former Chelsea forward Hernan Crespo has tipped Manchester United to win the title, as he feels manager Jose Mourinho will be the difference.

However, this season the Frenchman could become an explosive force thanks to Mourinho's other signing: Nemanja Matic for reported £40million from Chelsea.

Newcastle will feature in the Premier League this season after winning automatic promotion from the Championship at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

The 23-year-old became Mourinho's first signing back in June, signing for £31m from Benfica, and has featured as centre back in pre-season and against Real Madrid.

"I don't think I am going to win it because I always win it in the second season".

"We also have people coming later - Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, maybe Zlatan". While they do not have the cumbersome Thursday night Europa League matches to deal with, Champion League football is a whole different ball game altogether.

"I have conditions to deliver a better team than I did in the first season".

City travel to new-boys Brighton, back in the top tier after a 34-year absence, while United host West Ham.

He said: "When I joined Man United a year ago, I thought we needed a kind of Matic".

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'I thought about Matic but I never like to go to players where I think it's an impossible mission (to sign them).

"When this season I got a call that Matic wants to play for me, he wants to come to Manchester United and he can make it happen, I thought he was the ideal player for me". I want, I want!

"I think he's one of those players where there are no question marks in front".

Manchester City remain the strong favorites for the Premier League title and can generally be backed at 7-4 while Tottenham are at 10-1, Arsenal at 11-1 and Liverpool at 12-1 make up the remainder of the top six serious contenders, with Everton available as 80-1 outsiders.

JOSE MOURINHO, Manchester United manager, expressing his satisfaction with his new recruits.

"I understand the reality of the market, the numbers and my club by doing 75 per cent of what I asked, the club did well". It's been far too long since we said farewell to football and I've been resigned to watching highlights of old West Ham United matches on YouTube.

Mourinho won the title in his second season in both spells at Chelsea, as well as during his time at Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

Even so, Conte has done his best to get billionaire Blues owner Roman Abramovich to throw his financial muscle behind Chelsea's title defence.

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