English Premier League 2017/2018 season kicks off on Friday

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Real Madrid as a good barometer to see where Manchester United stack up among the best. Moreover, there have been recently constant reports suggesting Bale's departure from the Spanish capital, amid links to the Premier League giants.

The Serbian's had a brilliant start to his United career and impressed with his passing in the Super Cup.

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.

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals for United last season but left Old Trafford after succumbing to a knee ligament injury in the UEFA Europa League quarter-final at home to Anderlecht in April. Even though he only made 16 appearances last season, Gundogan looked incredible when he was on the pitch.

A flawless example of managers who were crushed by the weight of expectations were Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City), Jose Mourinho (Chelsea), and Claudio Raneiri (Leicester City) who were shown the exit barely a year after they celebrated winning the league title.

"We are going to try to give a hard fight to the top teams in Europe in the Champions League".

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The Red Devils have failed to mount a serious challenge for the title since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down in 2013 but club captain Carrick insists expectations are high this season under Jose Mourinho.

"When this season I got the call that Matic wants to play for me, wants to play for Manchester United and he can make it happen, I thought he's the ideal player for me".

"We are much better organised at every level - the medical department is better, the structure that organises the logistics is much better".

Jose Mourinho insists he "will not cry or moan" if Manchester United cannot secure him a fourth summer signing before the transfer window closes.

"Last year we won trophies". He's wanted four players, but got only three.

"I'm really happy that the dream came true".

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"For the transfer market the club is trying to do their best, I am not anxious, I am ready to fight with these players".

Morata contributed 15 LaLiga goals despite starting only 14 league games for Madrid last season and Chelsea need him to make an immediate impact, with star man Eden Hazard out for the opening weeks as he recovers from an ankle injury.

Manchester United have brought in Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic so far this summer.

'Of course to buy lots of good players is important and better squads are better equipped to win the title.

Tomorrow: Manchester United v West Ham (5pm), Newcastle v Tottenham (2:30pm) - AFP.

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