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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho excited ahead of Premier League opener with West Ham

Posted: 13 August 2017 Time: 11:32

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he feels no extra pressure to win silverware in his second season with the English giants.

Mourinho steered United to Europa League and EFL Cup honours last term, but the team came a disappointing sixth in the Premier League.

The Red Devils have since added Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof to their roster ahead of their 2017/18 league opener with West Ham at Old Trafford today.

"The only thing I have to do is work every day like I always do, the only demand on me is the one I put on myself," Mourinho said.

"I don't put any extra pressure on myself because I always give everything, then normally the results are a good consequence of that work. My dedication to my job is always at the maximum, even more now than when I started, and I believe at the end of the season we will see the results.

"With these players I am looking forward to the season with optimism, with enthusiasm, I can't wait for the Champions League to start and the chance to play the top clubs. I am on fire."

The former Real Madrid boss is especially pleased with the capture of Matic from rivals Chelsea.

"I could see when I first came to United that we needed a Matic-type player," he said. "But there are not many around and I do not like to go after players where it is an impossible mission. Then I heard that he wanted to join United and could make it happen.

"I am very happy to have him because he is one of those players with no question marks. He doesn't need time to adapt. He’s not a young guy coming from another country. He’s just turned 29 and he has five years' Premier League experience. He gives me something I really like which is consistency. He is a fantastic signing for us because I can trust him to perform at a high level."


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