Romelu Lukaku needs support on scoring front, says José Mourinho

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid attempts to get past Victor Lindelof of Manchester United during the UEFA Super Cup final between Real Madrid and Manchester United at the Philip II Arena

Ahead of their Premier League opener, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is confident his side can maintain his flawless second-season record.

He achieved the feat at Porto, Chelsea twice, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, with the only exceptions to the rule being his first two management roles, at Benfica and Uniao de Leiria, where he lasted less than a season in both cases.

This will be the first competitive meeting between these two clubs since a League Cup tie back in September 2008.

Arsenal will get the season underway on Friday in a home matchup with Leicester City.

Mohamed Salah's pace and trickery are likely to give defenders the chills in the Premier League this season.

"We [Lukaku and Pogba] talked about it last season, wondering if one day we would play together and it's happened this season so I'm very happy".

"It takes time, I know that from experience of going to United at a young age. I'm really happy to start the Premier League this weekend because our pre-season was very complete and was a pre-season organised in a way where we start playing MLS teams and ended playing against the best teams in Europe".

If the overhaul of City's squad, costing over £200 million, does not deliver silverware there will be further uncomfortable questions for the Spaniard, who finished his first season in English football without a single title.

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When you are playing Champions League quality teams, you know that they can hurt you. City had to show patience at the Amex Stadium, taking time to get into their groove.

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The way I know him and the way he knows me. "I am pleased with the business City have done in the transfer window so far". Gabriel Jesus hopes competition between himself and Sergio Aguero can drive Manchester City towards success this season.

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But I need to kick on from that. "I am happy to be part of this group", he said. Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Download the Nigeria Today app from Play store.

Manchester United and Manchester City are best placed to knock Chelsea and its savvy manager Antonio Conte off the title perch, boasting genuine depth.

United will open their 2017-18 Premier League campaign with a home date against West Ham on Sunday.

The big money arrivals of Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic certainly represent the necessary statement of intent, though United have tried and failed, often at great expense, to find a winning formula since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. It is a testament to the incredible desire and love for the game the former Sweden captain possesses to come back from such an injury at the age of 36 and still want to play the game at the highest level.

"So I don't think he'll be a huge loss to them".

The 35-year-old confounded the doubters last season, plundering 28 goals before a serious knee injury brought his maiden campaign at Old Trafford to a shuddering halt.

"Danilo is 26, Benjamin Mendy is 23, Bernardo Silva is 22, Ederson is 23, so we bought players who are going to be stable for the next years".

Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez returns to the Premier League after spells in Spain and Germany. "The former Everton striker scored in seven straight PL games against West Ham at one time for the Blues and, with that goal in Skopje under his belt, the Belgium worldwide is unlikely to be lacking confidence on his competitive home debut".

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