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Jose Mourinho predicts "very hard season" for Manchester United

Jose Mourinho predicts
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho concedes that only by finishing top of the Premier League will this season be considered an improvement on 2017-18.

Jose Mourinho has suggested that finishing second in the Premier League last time out has left Manchester United "in a difficult" position this season.

The Red Devils ended 2017-18 as the best of the rest in the English top flight, accruing 81 points in total to finish behind only runaway champions Manchester City.

United boss Mourinho believes that each of his side's top-six rivals are stronger this time around, however, and concedes that only by finishing top will this season be considered an improvement on last term.

"Last season we put ourselves in a difficult position, because to do better we can only finish first," he told Sky Sports News. "When I read sometimes and watch sometimes it looks like we finished sixth or seventh and everybody did better than us. We finished second.

"Liverpool are trying to win the title with their amazing investment. Chelsea have a fantastic squad, Manchester City have a fantastic squad too, Tottenham made an incredible investment by keeping their players, that's the best investment you can make.

"They could be spending £200m but if they lose Harry Kane or Christian Eriksen...the biggest investment was keeping all their best players. Arsenal will be better even though they lost their first match. I think it's going to be a very hard season."

United, who beat Leicester City 2-1 in last weekend's opener, travel to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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