West Ham United face hard Premier League opener against Manchester United

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But the Belgium global failed to convince Mourinho during their time together at Chelsea and will be playing in the Champions League proper for the first time.

Romelu Lukaku is a very good striker, and the Belgium worldwide will be determined to make a strong start to the new Premier League campaign for his new club. I'm not in a position of crying, of moaning, protesting.

"I just think that he was very clear by showing that what he did a year ago was not enough for him".

Addressing the media in a press conference on Friday, Mourinho said, "Twenty-five per cent means one of four". But we're in a position to do better quality work than we did in the first season.

'We have a central midfield and striker, so obviously another player would be one coming from the sides.

"If we cannot strengthen the team in these areas we have players that we can trust".

The manager confirmed that the Manchester club is in talks to re-sign striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is recovering from a knee ligament injury. But he insists that an ideal pre-season in America has left them in better shape to compete for the title.

The players, they know you.

"[His punishment?] Unfortunately, it happened this situation, because we all know it is a pity".

"We decided last season we could change the team to make the team younger for the next four or five years".

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'We are back in the Champions League so the motivation and confidence levels are higher, and the knowledge between ourselves is higher.

"The West Ham supporters I've spoken to are very happy with the new players".

But October and November bring meetings with Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in the space of three weeks, by which time United's Champions League campaign will be in full swing. Reports have even suggested Paris Saint-Germain's Serge Aurier has agreed a deal to join the Premier League giants, but Mourinho is confident new signing Lindelof can fill the role if no one else comes in.

This will be the first competitive meeting between these two clubs since a League Cup tie back in September 2008.

Indeed, the major transfer activity on Merseyside has been conducted by Everton, who hope their investments, along with the return of Wayne Rooney, can help them break into the top six. Obviously that's more hard, but also the motivation is higher.

The financial power of the Premier League means that promotion is usually accompanied by a spending spree to try to stay in the world's richest football competition.

"In the Premier League, I'd say seven teams will fight for the title and 20 fight for the victory in every game, every match".

Additionally, the guaranteed goals of the 36-year-old will be vital if a goal shy United team are to challenge for the big two trophies, the Premier League and Champions League.

Mourinho does not necessarily buy into the idea that more goals are needed, just a fairer spread to help them win more matches.

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