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"Manchester City are many pundits" favourites for the title this year. But if he wants me to play up front alone, it's his decision.

Between Isco and Luka Modrić, Manchester United's midfield looked feeble compared to their Spanish opposition and even when United did manage to create a clear scoring chance, Pogba or Lukaku could find the net from less than ten yards out.

"It's going to be a challenge for everybody but we'll take it in our stride, compete and we'll surprise a few people", March told The Times newspaper. In July the United manager said "It's possible".

"This time, we are all in the same basket".

The Red Devils struggled to score enough goals last season to finish in the top four, scoring 54 league goals all season and 31 less than champions Chelsea.

While Mourinho has welcomed the new signings, he argues that of greater significance is the fact his team will not have their domestic fixture list disrupted by the Europa League this season. Regardless of his age, the unwavering will to win is as strong as it has ever been.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will make his second debut for a Premier League club this weekend.

Instead, Mourinho will likely use either Jesse Lingard or Marcus Rashford on the left wing, with the former starting the UEFA Super Cup against Real before being replaced by the latter.

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. The arrival of 11 "important" players - as Guardiola refers to them - has handed the Spanish coach an embarrassment of riches up in attack and fresh energy throughout his squad, which now has an average age of 24. The lack of alternate forward options once again saw Mourinho's team fall short.

Last season, United struggled to break teams down when top goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic was absent or stuttered.

The Frenchman has been a major disappointment since joining City in a £42million deal in 2014, and spent last season on loan at Valencia.

"We have had a better pre-season than past year and we have the confidence levels of a team that has won a European competition and returned to the Champions League".

"It was the proposal they presented me, this is a club with big ambition to win trophies this season".



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