Manchester United vs Wolves: Mourinho drops Martial, Alexis to start EPL clash

22 September, 2018, 18:45 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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"He doesn't need to face more hard".

But only if Mourinho can get one over on an old friend.

The Portuguese full-back earned the plaudits for an exciting first match for the Reds after having arrived at Old Trafford with a pre-existing injury from FC Porto.

"I am optimistic, but a hard season, yes", he said. "For sure a hard season". Hard season for sure.

"You see the level of the teams - you see Liverpool's squad, Manchester City's squad, Chelsea's squad, Tottenham's squad, and Arsenal are improving". It's going to be hard.

"But he showed for the ones that don't know him very, very well that he is not a player to be here just on formation, is a player to be here [to fight for] positions - he's a very good player".

Mourinho said his team will find it tough to top the 81 points they collected last term - their best return since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. And I think we are improving as a team.


Wolves are the only Premier League team to secure a positive result against defending champions Manchester City in the current campaign.

But Jimenez says Wolves will travel there with the full belief that they can earn all three points.

"So, I think if they think the season is going to be easy for them, I think they are wrong, but I don't think they are wrong because they all know the season is going to be hard".

There's a rare sense of optimism around Old Trafford this week.

United certainly have momentum ahead of Saturday's visit of Wolves after beating Young Boys 3-0 in Wednesday's Champions League opener. I don't want to say was [Eric] Bailly or [Phil] Jones and is now Smalling or Lindelöf. If you change, it doesn't make sense. Football is a little bit like this.

"And bad results and bad performances, they make you look more exhausted, more upset, more ugly, more everything".

"Now we have a lot of confidence, we are in a great moment, so I think it is possible (to earn a win) if we do what we were doing last match. It is also about getting the right ones and I think they've got good young players and got also good experienced, stable players".

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