Man Utd: Expect a title challenge from Mourinho's men

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He said: "When I joined Manchester United past year I thought immediately that we needed a Matic kind of player".

Finally, as we take our seats every weekend, being served the latest installment of the world's most exciting football league, we all want to put an eye on Europe to see which of the five English representatives will go furthest and possibly bring back the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2012 when Chelsea won in Berlin.

Up front he is relying on Michy Batshuayi, who barely got a look in last season, and Alvaro Morata who is unproven in the Premier League.

United put all their eggs in a Europa League-shaped basket last season and it paid off as Mourinho led the club back into the Champions League with a 2-0 final win over Ajax.

Dan Levy  Billy Penn
Dan Levy Billy Penn

THE Premier League title race is wide open, according to former Socceroo Robbie Slater. Even though he only made 16 appearances last season, Gundogan looked wonderful when he was on the pitch.

The Belgium worldwide, 24, scored nine goals in his first nine appearances against West Ham for former team Everton before the east London club finally kept him at bay in a 0-0 draw last April. I want the Champions League to start.

After a mixed summer, what are the factors that will determine Chelsea's chances this season?

"We have [bought] three players, as you know". Now it's time to keep working!

Chelsea set new record in abysmal start against Burnley
Conte kept his counsel on Chelsea's transfer business, with the summer window open until August 31. And Chelsea fans were utterly convinced they were back under Mourinho's curse.

The leap from City's academy to the star-filled first team has proved to be too big for most, but Foden appears good enough to make the transition.

And midfielder Yaya Toure has gone on to explain that Pep Guardiola has managed to implement the Barcelona blueprint at the Etihad Stadium over the summer.

In the middle, Matic will sit the deepest and be the most defensive of the trio.

After surrendering 39 goals last season, Man City made it a top priority to address the backend this off-season, and they did exactly that with the acquisitions of Ederson Moraes in goal and defenders Kyle Walker and Danilo.

Jose Mourinho hints at central midfield role for Victor Lindelöf
He said: "We were favourites last season and missed out by 15 points, so being favourites this season means nothing". Mourinho signed the Brazilian for Chelsea back in the summer of 2013, but Willian insists he is happy at Chelsea.

Lukaku is expected to score loads of goals, while Pogba will have to be much better if he is to vindicate himself from the £89m tag.

The 35-year-old free agent, who scored 28 goals for the club last season, is battling back to fitness after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in April, though, and Mourinho insisted there is no rush to get a deal done.

City is much more equipped to launch a sustained title challenge, with Guardiola close to having his ideal squad.

Into the next round & looking forward to the draw.

Neymar cleared to make PSG debut
While the world is still digesting the €222 million figure that came with Neymar , PSG have just blindsided everyone. Barcelona is set to kick off its La Liga season on August 20.

Bournemouth conceded 67 goals last season, but the arrivals of Ake and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Stamford Bridge should improve their solidity as Howe looks to build on last season's impressive ninth-place finish.

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