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Manchester United are no dream team, warns Mourinho

18 August 2017 15:31

Jose Mourinho has warned against making Manchester United favourites for the Premier League title following their opening-day thrashing of West Ham.

The Red Devils cruised to an impressive 4-0 win at Old Trafford last weekend, with Romelu Lukaku scoring twice on his home debut before late goals from Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba.

With champions Chelsea having suffered a shock 3-2 home defeat to Burnley, Liverpool drawing 3-3 with Watford and Manchester City and Arsenal having to battle to three points, some have already identified United as the most likely to be top of the table at the end of the season.

However, manager Mourinho insists his side have not become a "dream team" simply by beating the Hammers.

"I'm too stable and too experienced to lose my discipline, to lose my stability and to think that a 4-0 result makes us the best team in the country, the favourites, the dream team," he told a news conference ahead of Saturday's clash with Swansea City.

"We are not favourites, not the dream team. We have more confidence than last season, probably more happiness, [we're] more relaxed on the pitch. But I'm calm.

"When I won two consecutive titles with Chelsea [in 2004-05 and 2005-06], the United manager [Alex Ferguson] said we brought the bar to a certain level and that they had to improve a lot to try to win the trophy back. I think this happens every season.

"Somebody wins and the others are not happy. They don't accept it with their hands in their pockets and the others improve to try to be better."

 

Mkhitaryan: Lindelof will prove his worth at Man United

15 August 2017 06:47

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has backed Manchester United team-mate Victor Lindelof to come good and prove his worth at Old Trafford.

Lindelof, 22, arrived from Portuguese champions Benfica in a £30million deal in the off-season but the Sweden international defender was left out of United's squad for Sunday's Premier League opener against West Ham – a 4-0 victory.

United manager Jose Mourinho said Lindelof needs time to adapt in England, something Mkhitaryan knows all too well following his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in 2016-17, having made a slow start to life in Manchester.

"Lindelof is still going to have time to show himself," Mkhitaryan said. "So I want to say all the players are good signings and they are going to help us a lot.

"As a player and for a club, you are always going to have ups and downs. I think the last few years was a little bit down for the club but since last year, and this year, I hope it is going be up for the club.

"We are going to try to do our best to bring the club on the level it was at before. It is always hard but we will try and do our best."

United are away to Swansea City on Saturday as they seek back-to-back victories to open the season.

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