Carrick expects Premier League title challenge from Manchester United

Carrick expects Premier League title challenge from Manchester United
Carrick expects Premier League title challenge from Manchester United

13 August, 2017

He was not offered a new deal at the end of last season after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in April and is likely to be ruled out of action until Christmas.

Lukaku has scored 85 Premier League goals in the past five seasons and the 24-year-old Belgian's ability to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be key to United's title aspirations.

Even if he stays at Stamford Bridge, he's still recovering from an ankle injury and will miss at least the season opener at home against Burnley this weekend - and possibly the first month of the new campaign. What we had was midfielders, wingers, scoring, central defenders scoring goals at set pieces.

Arsenal opened the season with an extraordinary game at home to Leicester on Friday night, twice coming from behind to snatch a 4-3 win inside the last 10 minutes thanks to goals from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud. For the past four seasons, fans have cried out for the usual attacking football to return to Old Trafford and it may well do this season.

United have only lost one of their 13 opening-day Premier League fixtures at Old Trafford (W9, D3) - a 2-1 defeat by Swansea City in 2014. There are two different people with Mourinho.

In his second year at Porto, Mourinho announced himself on the world's footballing stage by delivering the Champions League to the Portuguese club in the 2003-04 season, earning himself the Chelsea job.

The United manager had outlined four positions he wanted to strengthen in to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the start of the transfer window, but only Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic have arrived at Old Trafford.

"I am not happy", said Benitez, a Champions League victor with Liverpool, "but at the same time for me it's a challenge".

"I just think naturally that a manger in the second season knows the players better, knows the club better".

"We bought three and the market is so demanding right now, for all the teams around the world, not just for Manchester City". I don't think I am going to win because I always win in the second season - not at all.

But despite that poor result, United's place in the Champions League was assured for the first time in three seasons after Jose Mourinho's men claimed their first ever Europa League.

For a serial collector of trophies at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, finishing his first season in English football without a single title was an unusual feeling for Guardiola.

"But he's also very humble about himself, he's also still learning the country and Premier League, and hence that's why he's brought in the level of players he has".

"But with the quality City have got I would expect them to be very strong title contenders".

"This time, we are all in the same basket".

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