Jose Mourinho has spoken out about Manchester United’s title credentials for next season, noting that competition will be harder than ever before.
The Portuguese, who has three Premier League titles to his name, endured a difficult opening domestic campaign with Man United last year, slumping to sixth place.
United’s kryptonite last season turned out to be a marked ineptitude in front of goal at home to lesser sides – something supporters hope the signing of Romelu Lukaku will alleviate.
But Mourinho, when asked about his side’s chances, was quick to produce a typically calculated response.
“Can we win it? We can, but maybe we don’t,” he said. “Everything is good and strong, but some of them (other clubs) are really strong on the market, so it is going to be difficult.”
“Normally the second season should be better than the first, but again, this is modern football. The reality is totally different. It’s getting much harder for everyone, so we don’t know.”
The 54-year-old will go into next season’s title challenge as something of a veteran, which probably explains the cautious response. He knows better than most of the inexplicable tribulations and stumbling blocks – alongside waves of pure fortune – that can present themselves in this league, and this knowledge is important.
He will have a settled, well-drilled and harmonious squad ready to go for next season, set to be supplemented further by one or two more signings, but nobody – not even those that have been through it on numerous occasions – can predict how far that will get them next year.