Michael Carrick believes Manchester United are 'on the up' under Jose Mourinho

Asked if Manchester United was his team now, he didn't hesitate to agree.

Spending such enormous amounts on players are not without the attendant pressure and, with the League season yet to kick off, bookmakers are already taking bets on which of the three will score the most number of goals.

"I'm so happy to be the manager of these guys, I told them a few days ago that during my long career I never had a group that I liked so much, like I like them", he said, after United's 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje on Tuesday. The Portugese also covets an attacking player/winger, but has conceded defeat in the pursuit of Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic and Real Madrid's Gareth Bale.

SKOPJE, Macedonia - Jose Mourinho says the weight of expectation on Manchester United is hampering their bid to reclaim a place at the top of European football - but insists he will get them there soon.

Yet, with the money they have spent, United have no excuse not to be amongst the elite Premier League clubs and battling for both the league and the Champions League next season.

Will Conte follow Mourinho's footstep and win a second successive Premier League title or will he emulate Mourinho and bottom out in his second season on the job? We are going to try to win the title. We'll take it step by step and be humble.

"It wasn't a fantastic year for United or Pogba, but it was successful in the end and that is all that matters", adds Lampard, as he passed judgement on the midfielder United paid £89m to sign from Juventus last summer.

Last season was by far the most hard of Wenger's 21-year reign, with Arsenal's on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from angry fans.

The league's defending champions Chelsea, alongside Manchester United, Liverpool Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur command the most followers in Kenya.

Manchester United are in discussions to re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the second half of the season when he recovers from a serious knee injury, manager Jose Mourinho confirmed on Friday.

"It doesn't matter, the club will always be a giant. I think it is the objective of every one of the top teams and every one of the top team managers", Mourinho said.

"I'm going to fight for them".

Having led United to League Cup and Europa League glory last season, Mourinho's challenge for the new campaign is to turn them into title contenders.

Lukaku, a £75 million ($97.3 million, 82.4 million euros) capture from Everton, could be one of three players making league debuts for United on Sunday along with Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic. Crystal Palace is +50000 to win its first EPL championship after finishing 14th last season.

"Matic is Matic and that's something that I really like in a player".

The bulk of the opening weekend's fixtures will be played today and tomorrow, with Chelsea starting at home to Burnley.

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