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Willian claims Jose Mourinho tried to sign him again this summer

Willian claims Jose Mourinho tried to sign him again this summer

Jose Mourinho has been on a long search for a winger. Twelve months with a new team and Mourinho has consistently proven himself to be the master at figuring out where weaknesses lie and how to turn it into a winning machine.

The team is really starting to take shape and Mourinho has shown that he is building a team to challenge in the Premier League and Champions League this season.

The striker was a popular figure with fans in west London and he won the Premier League in his second season at the club under Mourinho in 2006. It wasn't. The team scored 54 goals in the Premier League and with a squad that included Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Paul Pogba.

Despite a rocky start, Mourinho has put in the foundations.

In the eyes of many Manchester United supporters, last season was a success as the club collected three pieces of silverware - although one of those trophies was the Community Shield. But Mourinho knows United demands more sought after silverware.

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However, United - who finished sixth in 2016-17 - have the edge over Chelsea courtesy of Mourinho, according to Crespo, who won the Premier League with the Portuguese at Stamford Bridge in 2006. And he has already matched that amount this summer.

United have signed Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic so far this summer but still look short in forward positions and at full-back.

Matic, the big Serbian midfielder, has fitted seamlessly into the United midfield.

Lukaku, 24, joined United in a £75m ($98m) deal from Everton in July and scored on his competitive debut for the club in their Uefa Super Cup defeat against Real Madrid in Skopje on 8 August. He was also on target during the club's preseason tour of the United States. With a good VAR system it would be 1-1 and extra-time. But Mourinho will know that the results were unimportant; creating the spirit within his team, building a mentality, and emulating what he has been doing for so many years was the objective. Now in his second season in charge, Mourinho has had time to run his eye over the squad and shake out any bad habits they may have developed under previous managers.


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