Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Marouane Fellaini confident Manchester United are Premier League contenders

Marouane Fellaini confident Manchester United are Premier League contenders

Mourinho cut a frustrated figure in pre-season as Manchester United's hierarchy failed to deliver his summer targets and he has had several outbursts after coming under increased pressure following their poor start.

"The people will now see a different side of us", he added.

After Sunday's victory, Mourinho said that: "I think it was a very, very good performance with a result which was short".

"And in the last 10/15 minutes even when we played at less speed and at less intensity for the counter-attack I thought the performance was very good".

As expected, some United fans protested against chief executive Ed Woodward by hiring a plane to carry a banner over the ground declaring him a "specialist in failure".

Paul Pogba has told Manchester United that he wants to quit Old Trafford and return to Juventus in January.

"Bardsley's been in the game for 20 years and Marcus is a naive boy".

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Nemanja Matic will play as the holding midfielder, and the Serb will be expected to bring stability and composure to a nervy Manchester United midfield.

But Schmeichel, who won five Premier League titles during the Scot's time in charge at Old Trafford, believes there is still enough for the fans to be excited by.

The media officer relented and when Mourinho had finished eulogising over the Belgian, he went back to the question she wanted to take from an Italian journalist who, it transpired, wanted to talk about United's Champions League opponents Juventus.

Lukaku opened the scoring after 25 minutes and then scored again right on half time which the Clarets manager described as "a real sickener". "After 10 minutes we were playing so, so well and we were missing quite easy chances that I had a feeling another Tottenham can happen, but also a feeling that playing this way we have to win".

Apart from a couple of late efforts from substitute Sam Vokes, winless Burnley created little and their lack of penetration in the final third could leave them facing a long season ahead. We have to stick together and play like we did last week in the first half.

Should the movement and creativity displayed in this game continue after the worldwide break, there are few defences in the Premier League that could cope with such swift interchanging and skill.

"They've had a few question marks, but when good players are tested, from the outside looking in, usually they react, and they did".

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