Mourinho confirms: United in talks to bring back Ibrahimovic

Mourinho confirms: United in talks to bring back Ibrahimovic”

Additionally, the guaranteed goals of the 36-year-old will be vital if a goal shy United team are to challenge for the big two trophies, the Premier League and Champions League.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on the possibility of a new deal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic: "What he did previous year was not enough for him".

In an off-season that has seen more than 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion) invested in players, Manchester rivals City and United have accounted for more than a third of that spending. What we had was midfielders, wingers, scoring, central defenders scoring goals at set pieces.

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

Centre-backs Eric Bailly and Phil Jones return to the Manchester United squad for West Ham's visit to Old Trafford on Sunday, after being suspended for Tuesday's Super Cup defeat by Real.

"He's injured, he needs time to recover".

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. But, in the end, the number of matches will be the same for everybody.

Benjamin Mendy is the most expensive member of the most expensive defense ever assembled in world soccer at Manchester City. It's fair to say that a lot has changed in football since their last top flight appearance in 1983, and Manchester City are one of those things.

Those reasons for excitement include the arrival of striker Romelu Lukaku for 75 million pounds ($97.42 million) from Everton, Chelsea's Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic (40 million) and Sweden defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica (30 million).

The Portuguese coach concedes his squad is "similar" to the one he took charge of last season.

He said: "It's not because I have always done it that I am going to do it".

Reasonably satisfied. Jose Mourinho prioritized four signings, and the club got two done in time for preseason, and another done a week before the start of the season. Mourinho is right that with smaller clubs backed by increasingly large resources, there is a wider context to the transfer market and it's no longer just about which club has the best reputation.

If you fancy an upset at the Emirates the Foxes can be backed at 6/1 with bet365 to win, which on paper at least is a big price for a team who won the league the season before last.

Mark Hughes is favourite with most firms to become the first Premier League boss to lose his job this season and seems to be feeling the strain of a tough transfer window.

'My hard work last season to face teams in the Europa League with commitment, responsibility was hard at that level.

"I think everybody is in Europe - the top seven, we are all in Europe", Mourinho said. Losing such a key player would hamper Juergen Klopp's hopes of using his second full season at Anfield to show his upbeat demeanour can be matched with silverware.

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