"There is no relation between others or a guarantee because I always do, but I just think naturally a manger in the second season knows the club and players better".
Chelsea and Diego Costa's dispute is no nearer to a resolution as the Blues begin their Premier League title defence in an apparent legal wrangle with the exiled striker. Leaping from sixth place to top may appear ambitious but United are precisely that.
Ahead of the game, Jose Mourinho has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he's given ManUtd.com a team news and injury update. After solving the Joe Hart problem by signing Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica, Manchester City look to be in fine position to score a lot of goals and make a legitimate run for the 2017-18 title.
While the League Cup is little regarded, the Europa League provided a ticket into the Champions League - and probably the signature of Lukaku. But there were too many draws.
"But we are involved in four competitions and step by step, match after match we are going to fight". "It will not be easy but we travel to win the game".
But what of his remarkable second-season record and what it might mean for the looming campaign?
"I don't think I'm in a position of crying, moaning, protesting".
Ideally, Jose Mourinho would like to add another new face or two to his Manchester United squad this summer.
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So rather than wait for the horn to blow to play one hole Saturday morning and be cut, Pampling chose to take one for the team. He said: "On 17 I was off the green and we were talking about if we can get a tee shot on 18, we could finish the round".
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Chelsea have signed Tiemoue Bakayoko as a replacement, although the France worldwide will miss the start of the season through injury.
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But Mourinho was nevertheless impressed with his former Chelsea charge: "I think he played really well, I think in the moment they were moving the ball well of course was hard for us in the midfield". "He's going to strengthen Manchester United ".
"He knows what he's doing and I'm sure he's building a great team for what he hopes to achieve there".
"Overall, expect teams to drop very deep against Manchester United, as they will fear the pace of Lukaku".
But Mangala has been training with the first team squad to prepare for the new season - while other unwanted stars have been frozen out.
"I would like to pay less for the club, for everybody, but the market is the market", said the City manager.
"They needed a centre-back in particular but Lindelof's performance against Real Madrid was concerning and there's been a bit of concern over him in pre-season".
'There's no relation between clubs and countries and seasons and periods, so obviously there is no guarantee.
So what can we do to get ourselves mentally prepared?
The Premier League is tagged as Europe's most exciting league with its unpredictable title race, frenetic rate and its tendency for late goals.