Carrick expects Premier League title challenge from Manchester United

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Jose Mourinho has confirmed Manchester United are in talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic about signing for the second part of the season.

But it was always suggested that the 35-year-old would favour a second spell at United, where he could finish off his career on his own terms rather than have an injury force his hand.

Brighton won promotion to the Premier League through the automatic places last season, ending a 34 year run of football outside England's top flight.

"It takes time, I know that from experience of going to United at a young age". "He's not ready to play tomorrow". We are not desperate to have it (a deal) done or not. But I think it is unsustainable. He thinks he can do more.

They may be playing at Old Trafford on Sunday, but one of the most famous games in Premier League history was played between Manchester United and West at Upton Park in May 1995.

Manager Pep Guardiola's focus on bringing in quality wide players on either flank has been crucial to City's strategy of stretching opponents in pre-season. They put in a strong display, despite losing, and will be looking to hit the ground running against the Hammers on Sunday.

It may be recalled here that United have already bolstered their squad with the addition of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof.

"Winning a trophy is winning a trophy and the feeling you get from it is incredible".

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I am honest in my job and I will do my best.

In a 3-4-3, Antonio Valencia would feature as the right wing-back, while the left wing-back role is up for grabs.

However, Mourinho added that one key factor to their title charge at Old Trafford will sharing the scoring load amongst numerous players, as was the case at his previous clubs, and hopes the onus will not be left exclusively on the shoulders of new striker Rolmelu Lukaku.

The summer break is officially over and we can finally get back to what is really important, the Premier League. I had midfield players scoring goals, wingers scoring goals, central defenders good in the air scoring goals from set-pieces.

"We got a central midfielder, we got a striker".

"But we have players and if we cannot strengthen the team in these areas, we have people that we can trust and we go for it". While an outright "we will win the league" statement has been avoided, it's clear the players and manager are on the same page of at least attempting to challenge. "But to have a better position in the table we must win more matches than we did last season". The Premier League is back!

"I would say there are seven teams to fight for the title and 20 teams to fight every week for every match".

"The club are also what you know". It will be very close, but United will give their bitter rivals a very hard time.

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