Man United's Mourinho: Prem title more realistic than last season

United in talks with Ibrahimovic about striker staying

The former Sweden global was a major part of the Red Devils side that won the Community Shield, EFL Cup and the Europa League last season, scoring 28 goals in 46 appearances for the club.

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"I am a kid next to Romelu". He has put his trust in me and in my work, and I was very grateful to him. I've always liked Marko Arnautovic, he's given West Ham problems whenever he's played against them for Stoke and Javier Hernandez is an extremely exciting addition to the side. When asked about scoring on his West Ham debut, the 29-year-old was reluctant to talk about a celebration. Defenders Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and winger Ashley Young are out with long-term injuries.

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"In my initial analysis from January and through the months I was thinking of four players but I'm not a hard person to work with in spite of if you make it look different", said Mourinho, ahead of United's Premier League opener against West Ham on Sunday.

"He is injured, he needs time to recover, and is not ready to play tomorrow".

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"I just think that naturally, a manager in the second season knows the players and knows the club better".

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"We needed to do that this summer because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League".

Mourinho led United to victory in the League Cup and Europa League last season, the latter yielding a place in the Champions League, but their football was drab and they finished a distant sixth in the league.

However, the winger said that Chelsea wouldn't allow a move to Old Trafford and insisted that he was content at the London club.

He admits it will be a odd experience to line up at his old stomping ground in the colours of a different team, but says he will not allow sentiment to cloud his focus.

"But as well it would be my first goal with my comeback with a club that has a lot of confidence in me".

Friday night football was introduced last season with the experience beginning with Manchester United's home win against Southampton on 19 August.

Whether that means as a striker pairing or not is yet to be seen but should Ibrahimovic return to Manchester United, it would make for some interesting competition. The striker is not expected to be back in action in until at least December, despite his rehabilitation from injury going extremely well.

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