West Ham's Javier Hernandez seeking clean slate on Man United return

United snatched the Everton striker Lukaku from under the noses of Premier League rivals Chelsea in one of the summer's biggest football stories and Crespo believes that the signing of the big Belgian will give United the edge they need to claim the title.

"It's very hard when you see the spending of some clubs in the summer, Manchester United of course and Chelsea who will be right up there".

United, by contrast, will be desperate to land a first Premier League title since 2013, with manager Jose Mourinho not holding back in the transfer market as he seeks to mould his expensively assembled squad into title winners.

"I don't think I am going to win it because I always win it in the second season".

"You know he's injured, he needs time to recover, he's not ready to play tomorrow", Mourinho said and added, "It's not something urgent, that we are desperate to have it done or not done, I just think that he was very clear by showing what he did past year was not enough for him".

"So yes we'll look at as many good experiences as we can do, and that's for the whole of the season, not just the start". A good season for me? 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 goal.

Rattled by a chastening first season in England, Pep Guardiola has gone back to the drawing board in an attempt to fashion Manchester City into Premier League champions.

"I think Manchester City be right up there challenging for the title", said Hughton.

"For large spells of last season, we felt we should have been higher up in the league than we were and performances certainly warranted that for large periods as well".

"We had lots of dominance at home, lots of chances, lots (of times) when the match should be two or three nil and in the end was 1-1".

"It shows a real intent to want to be the best they can, win the title and ultimately of course it's about the Champions League as well". Finishing in the top four and winning a cup (unless we Mourinho our way to an ugly and improbable Champions League win) would be considered a failure.

Even if he stays at Stamford Bridge, he's still recovering from an ankle injury and will miss at least the season opener at home against Burnley this weekend - and possibly the first month of the new campaign.

Marcus Rashford seems to be more of a wide player and Anthony Martial is in limbo at United.

Asked if full-back was an area he was happy with or looking to strengthen, Mourinho said: "You know 25 per cent means one of four".

"My teams always had the goalscorer - the guy that scores more goals - but then we had the winger that scored 15 goals, the midfield player that scored 10 goals and we had the central defender that scored five goals".

"We got a central midfielder, we got a striker".

West Ham United forward Javier Hernandez is eager to showcase his talents on the return to his former stomping ground when the London side visit Manchester United in their opening fixture of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign on Saturday.

The Foxes' last league win over Arsenal was in 1983, while it is a decade further back since the last time they won away at Arsenal. The top seven, we are all in Europe.

Vanessa Coleman

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