Jose Mourinho has declared his Manchester United side can win the title this season.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure heralded an end to Man United’s status as title contenders for the next three years. However under Mourinho, with his impressive band of new signings and astonishing track record in England, many are tipping United for a return to the top.
United’s season kicks off on Sunday at Dean Court against AFC Bournemouth.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the clash with Eddie Howe’s side, the 53-year-old insisted that his side are strong candidates for the title.
“We feel that we are a candidate to win the title,” he said.
“We know that others have the same ambitions as us. If, at the end of the season, somebody who is champion has been better than us, then great – that is football.
“In this moment as Manchester United Football Club, we cannot speak differently. We are going to fight for the title.”
With United, Chelsea and Manchester City all going through managerial transitions, where the title will end up come May is anybody’s guess. There are no concrete favourites, but rather a sizeable group of sides all capable of going the distance.
Never before has English football been so gloriously unpredictable. In such whimsical circumstances, laying down an early marker could be crucial. And with Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull first up, Mourinho’s side need to make a bold statement early on.