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Premier League newcomers face survival battle

13 August 2017, 04:36 | Charlene Valdez

Slaven Bilic's side will be keen to improve on last season, but a trip to Old Trafford to face a title contending United side will be a tough opening day assignment for The Hammers.

That's the difference from the three other leagues I have worked in.

However, the club did win the Europa League and the League Cup, giving the manager a platform of success on which to build.

Though Arsenal may be aided by missing out on the Champions League for first time on Arsene Wenger's watch, the Gunners must retain Chilean star Alexis Sanchez. "At Porto that meant winning the Champions League, likewise at Inter. Old Trafford is waiting for us and I think Old Trafford has a reason to be behind us", he said.

Crucially says Miguel Delaney of The Independent, United know what it is to win trophies and Mourinho "will hope it gives them a new assertiveness, because that is what an occasionally meek team arguably lacked above anything last season".

"What I had in other clubs was more players scoring goals, what we had was midfielders, wingers scoring, central defenders scoring goals at set pieces", Mourinho said.

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


"I saw last season how tough the league is - it doesn't matter who the top teams are. If that is going to mean better results and the title, I don't know".

Mourinho said during pre-season that a new deal was a possibility and confirmed ahead of the Premier League opener against West Ham that talks are under way. Their stock has plunged so dramatically they can be backed at double figure odds to win the title this year and are fifth favourites in the outright betting behind Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham.

Centre-back Victor Lindelof, midfielder Nemanja Matic and striker Romelu Lukaku are all over six feet (183cm) tall, giving United the second-tallest squad in the division behind Tony Pulis's West Bromwich Albion.

The 23-year-old Mendy only joined Monaco from Marseille a year ago, but his impact as the club won the domestic title and reached the Champions League semifinals ensured that Europe's elite came knocking.

"I'm going to fight for them".

"They have improved the squad with quality and big transfers, so we will have to be on top of our game". Leicester City was 12th a year ago after shocking the world by winning the title the previous season, and the squad is listed as a +550 dog with the draw at +350.

Having the full-back positions sorted is a huge development for Pep's journey to getting his City team to play in the way he wants them to. "The former Everton striker scored in seven straight PL games against West Ham at one time for the Blues and, with that goal in Skopje under his belt, the Belgium global is unlikely to be lacking confidence on his competitive home debut".



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