Jose Mourinho has never failed to win the league title during his second season at a club, and the Portuguese is being widely tipped to continue that trend at Manchester United during the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.
After putting a somewhat strange first season at Old Trafford behind him – United finished sixth: seven points off the top four; 24 points behind champions Chelsea; but won two trophies and qualified for the Champions League – Mourinho says he is convinced that he now has the squad to launch a bid for the club's first Premier League title since 2013.
Putting the 20-time champions back on top of a Premier League that they dominated for so long would surely rank among Mourinho's greatest managerial achievements, yet with three successive 4-0 victories at the of the start the season United look to have regained that swagger and fear factor of the Fergie era.
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Man Utd transfers: big money signings ready to shine
The additions of Everton's Romelu Lukaku (£75m), Nemanja Matic from Chelsea (£40m) and Swedish defender Victor Lindelof (£31m) in the summer transfer window look to have added goals, guile and sheer power to the Manchester United side; while the return of last season's 28-goal man Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a huge bonus.
Add to that the fact that last summer's recruits – Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly and club record signing Paul Pogba – have all had a year to adjust to English football (and acclimatise to the Manchester weather) and United look a formidable outfit; particularly going forward.
The potential addition of Croatian winger Ivan Perisic – who continues to be linked with a move from Inter Milan – failed to materialise in the summer but United may return with another offer in January transfer window. The likelihood of further arrivals in January is likely to be dependent on the team's success (and injuries) but with the club under no pressure to sell, United are likely to only get stronger between now and the end of the season.
Man Utd Champions League draw
Although Manchester United finished below fellow English sides Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City in last year's Premier League table many are tipping the current Europa League champions to fare best in this year's Champions League.
United have been drawn in Group A, alongside Portuguese champions Benfica, Swiss side FC Basel and CSKA Moscow, and will certainly feel confident of progressing to the knockout stages.
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