Alan Shearer predicts where Man United will finish

Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring the team's first goal during the pre-season friendly football match
Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring the team's first goal during the pre-season friendly football match

13 August, 2017

"There's no relation between clubs, countries, seasons and periods".

The Gunners showed signs of improvement at the end of last season and if they can keep that form - with new forward Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon giving them fresh firepower - their frustrated fans might enjoy an upturn in results after their worst finish in 21 years. His next job, in Italy, saw Mourinho win a coveted treble, including the Champions League, in 2010, his second year with Inter Milan.

For Jose Mourinho, his second season at a football club has always brought success. But Mourinho knows United demands more sought after silverware. We got a central midfielder, a striker, obviously the 25 per cent would be for a player from the sides, but we have players. We got a central defender who can play in many other positions, which is important.

The lack of goals contributed to 10 league draws at Old Trafford that cost the club any chance of challenging Chelsea for the title.

Manchester United begins its league campaign on Sunday, hosting West Ham.

"I think they're in a real good position, the squad looks strong and I think how Rashford, Martial and Lukaku play will determine what happens", said former United defender Gary Neville.

Unable to replicate his dominance with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola admitted his trophyless first season with Manchester City had been a learning experience.

Mourinho insists he is content with the United board's efforts in the market and will not protest if the club are unable to bring in a new addition before the window shuts.

United finished an eye-watering 24 points behind Chelsea, despite having suffered defeats on as many occasions as the champions.

Manchester United have spent big this summer, lavishing £140million on Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof.

My aim is to be involved in a genuine title race-one that lasts until the last few weeks of the season and not until January.

Rather than being a platform to build on to challenge for a first title since 1961, Tottenham's ownership appears more focused on building its new stadium.

Guardiola said: "It is not just us".

"I don't think I am going to win it because I always win it in the second season". Chelsea, without European football, were able to run away with the title, as Leicester managed to do the season before.

Brighton and Huddersfield, both playing in the top-flight for the first time in the post-1992 Premier League era, have been breaking their club transfer records.

"I prefer not to think about if it's different or not (at West Ham)", Hernandez added.

Lanzini and Antonio were arguably West Ham's best attacking players last season.

"This time, we are all in the same basket". Okay, some will have the luck to play on Tuesday or Wednesday, or Saturday or Sunday.

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