Barclays Premier League 2017/18 - Top 3 contenders of the new season

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Since Alex Ferguson retired after the 2013 title win United have not finished in the top three but some serious investment in new players gives manager Jose Mourinho, starting his second season at the club, the sense that things are coming together.

The Swede was released by the club in July after rupturing his knee ligaments in a nasty fall against Anderlecht in April.

"I think it's getting there, obviously I think by bringing Mourinho in, it's kind of boosted the club, by winning a few trophies a year ago, it did them great, and I think they're getting back to where they belong".

Romelu Lukaku's remarkable scoring record against West Ham United means he will expect to hit the ground running when he makes his Premier League debut for Manchester United on Sunday.

Ibrahimovic has continued his rehabilitation at United's training ground and has even stuck around to help out some of the younger Red Devils players during preseason, according to midfielder Paul Pogba.

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"I'd say seven teams to fight for the title and 20 teams to fight for the victory every weekend, every match".

Sweden's Victor Lindelof looks the ideal partner for Eric Bailly in the centre of defence and Nemanja Matic is a proven asset on the defensive side of midfield duties. Abraham will have a wise tutor in Fernando Llorente, if the Spaniard stays at Swansea, and another successful season could see him return to Stamford Bridge ready to challenge for a first-team place. Mourinho is right that with smaller clubs backed by increasingly large resources, there is a wider context to the transfer market and it's no longer just about which club has the best reputation.

"I am not a hard person to work with, and I understand the reality of the market". "I was thinking of four players but I am not a hard person to work with, even if it looks different, or you want to make it look so", he said.

I understand by doing 75 percent of what I asked, the club did very well. "We got a central defender who can play many other positions which is very important".

"Obviously the 25% would be a player for another position playing from the sides, but we have players and if we cannot strengthen the team in these areas we have people we can trust and go for it". 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.

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