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Dixon and Hoddle's 60-second season preview: Man Utd

Dixon and Hoddle's 60-second season preview: Man Utd

"I have a lot of respect for the players I had, I never complained for one bad game or bad defeat, making excuses, never, even in Germany I never said that, never in my life I make an excuse about what happened", he added.

'I have conditions to deliver a better team than I did in the first season.

"I don't say I know the league better because I have been in this league for a long time".

The 24-year-old scored 25 goals in 36 games in the Premier League last season to finish behind Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane last term.

As the Premier League gears up for a return to action this weekend, Press Association Sport takes a statistical look at some of the key match-ups in the opening round of fixtures.

Stopping short of a guarantee, Mourinho believes an encouraging pre-season and success in the Europa League last season can propel his side to further success.

"The first goal is on a short corner, we were not focused enough".

Mourinho said: "I think everybody is in Europe". The players are champing at the bit to get started.

Tony Pulis demands five new West Brom signings following new contract
West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has signed a one-year contract extension with the club to stay until 2019. West Brom host Bournemouth on Saturday in their opening Premier League match.

Brighton's first top-flight match in 34 years sees them host title favourites Manchester City.

French second division club Clermont Foot had set the trend by appointing Helena Costa as their manager in May 2014. In France, you have Paris that produces maybe 60 or 70% of players.

"He thinks he can do more at football's highest level so we are having conversations and discussing the possibility of him staying for the second part of the season".

Mourinho has added Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic for a combined cost of £147 million but has lost Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney while Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young are long-term absentees through injury.

Vardy terrorised a makeshift Arsenal defence throughout but was left to reflect on a last-gasp loss to the Gunners in north London for the third time in as many seasons.

The Portuguese coach concedes his squad is "similar" to the one he took charge of last season. "If that is going to mean better results and the title, I don't know".

Shakespeare praised Vardy, as well Harry Maguire after the close-season recruit from Hull City turned in an all-action debut from centre-back.

"This time, we are all in the same basket".


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