'I'm on fire' - Man United boss Mourinho ready for Champions League challenge

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'I'm on fire' - Man United boss Mourinho ready for Champions League challenge

When Jose Mourinho's Manchester United won the Europa League, he instructed his team to celebrate by holding up three fingers to indicate the three trophies they had clinched - Community Shield, EFL Cup and the Europa League. 'He's 29, with five years in the Premier League and lots of experience.

If Mourinho is feeling the pressure of maintaining his record of winning league titles within two years at Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan and Real Madrid, he's not showing it.

The Portuguese tactician guided the Red Devils to their maiden UEFA Europa League crown in his first campaign, and will get his second underway with a Premier League test against West Ham United on Sunday.

Despite Romelu Lukaku's arrival, Mourinho knows the Belgian can not be relied upon exclusively, and requires more from the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford.

"I have better conditions to deliver a better season than my first one". "I think it is the objective of every one of the top teams and every one of the top team managers", Mourinho said.

"It's the way I trust the player is going to perform so I think it's a fantastic signing for us".

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"With these players I am looking forward to the season with optimism, with enthusiasm, I can't wait for the Champions League to start and the chance to play the top clubs".

Mourinho is now preparing his team for their Premier League opener against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon as they look to kick off their season with a victory. "If that is going to mean better results and the title, I don't know".

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.

Antonio Valencia should start at right-back with Matteo Darmian moving out to left-back as Luke Shaw continues to work his way back to full fitness.

While United had to deal with playing regularly on Thursdays and Sundays on their way to winning the competition in Stockholm, Chelsea eased to the Premier League title with no European football to worry about - and neither did Liverpool, who took fourth spot as United finished sixth.

'I think every one of us in his own way is equipped to do it. "They can still be like new players for us later in the season, so we are fine". It is going to be the same for everybody. Arsenal the same, they didn't sell the top players like Ozil, Alexis, that some expected.

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