Manchester United get their season off and running with the visit of West Ham United this afternoon.
There's plenty of optimism surrounding the Red Devils following the signings of Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic this summer, with club legend Gary Neville insisting the Red Devils "have" to win the Premier League.
"You can’t just drop your expectation because they haven’t won it for a couple of years," Neville told Sky Sports, per the Daily Mail. They have to win the league. Mourinho has to win the league here.
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"The money that’s been spent, his own personal expectations and what he’s always delivered has been titles, so I would say United have to approach this season to win the league.
"I don’t think it’s good enough to say 'they’re going to get back into fourth'.That isn’t an ambition when you’ve spent the money that’s been spent and amassed the players that Mourinho has now amassed."
It's a fair comment. For the second straight summer, Mourinho spent in excess of £100 million. And with such an outlay comes high expectations.
The Portuguese isn't shying away from the pressure, insisting his Man United squad is ready to compete for trophies now.
"In many ways, it is my team," Mourinho said ahead of the West Ham game, per Sky Sports.
"In terms of the squad, this is my second transfer window. I was thinking, three transfer windows, I need that. But after two windows I have a good group and a football club much better equipped.
"We are much better organised in the areas that support the first-team squad. We are much better organised at every level. So we will go for it this season. We are going to try to win the title."
Lindelof wasn't named in squad
The arrival of Lindelof was expected to signal the arrival of Man United's new centre-back pairing.
Not since the days of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have the Red Devils have a reliable defensive duo but there is plenty of expectation surrounding Lindelof and Eric Bailly.
But the Swede wasn't even included in the matchday squad for today's game, Bailly partnering Phil Jones in defence.
His partner reacted with great tweet
Lindelof's partner, Maja Nilsson, is at Old Trafford and she responded with the perfect tweet after the defender's absence was confirmed.
With a photo of her sitting in a luxury box clutching a bottle of alcohol, she wrote: "This is where you’ll find me from now on."
Lindelof probably feels like joining her.
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