Jose Mourinho enjoys dinner with Man United assistants

Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne north east England

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During his news conference ahead of the Premier League season opener on Friday, Jose Mourinho said that he will not "cry" or "moan" if he does not end up obtaining that fourth and final player between now and August 31. Twelve months with a new team and Mourinho has consistently proven himself to be the master at figuring out where weaknesses lie and how to turn it into a winning machine.

The Premier League rookies will get a trial by fire against one of the league's best clubs on Saturday and are going off at +950 to win and +400 to play to a draw.

Heading into his second year at Manchester United, though, there is hope, perhaps expectation, of a tilt at the Premier League title.

There is a real battle for who starts on the wings, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all vying for a place in Mourinho's starting eleven.

While some fear the spending is unsustainable and will put clubs' long-term stability at risk, the 25th year of the English Premier League era should deliver a title race more fiercely contested than ever.

Manchester United fans, already excited about the match, will have an extra reason to scour the team news when it's released this evening.

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Chelsea also want the player with Antonio Conte determined to wrap up more signings.

Matic, the big Serbian midfielder, has fitted seamlessly into the United midfield.

This will be the first competitive meeting between these two clubs since Brighton & Hove Albion won a League Cup tie on penalties in September 2008.

Mourinho acknowledged this week that Real Madrid's Gareth Bale was out of reach after the Welshman started for the Spanish side in their 2-1 European Super Cup win over United. One of the keys to Chelsea's success last season was the team staying healthy, and that will be the case again in 2017-18.

Mourinho's team enjoyed a good summer, with the only downside coming in a 1-0 defeat to Barcelona.

Javier Hernandez was there as the rot set in under David Moyes and he will make his Old Trafford return on Sunday after joining West Ham from Bayer Leverkusen in a £16 million deal. We don't have Europa League Qualifying football, we didn't have an exhaustive trip to the U.S and we haven't had a bad transfer window thus far.

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