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José Mourinho believes Manchester United can win the title, despite starting the season at a similar level to last summer - with the arrivals of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof offset by injuries to Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young. We are the most physical league.

"When a player leaves a club, you do not normally see a manager speak so glowingly about them", the former England worldwide told Sky Sports.

The former Red Devils midfielder told Paddy Power: "Some people have said that they can't believe Chelsea let Matic go to United, and that they've handed them the title, but I don't see that".

Prior to his first "official" goal for United, Lukaku had already scored three times for the club during pre-season with strikes against Real Salt Lake, Manchester City and Valerenga.

"He seemed like he wanted to leave past year at times, although he was very influential and played very well", he said of Costa. "But sometimes you must accept this insane transfer market, and sometimes you must accept different decisions".

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On the prospect of re-signing Ibrahimovic once the 35-year-old striker has recovered, Mourinho said: "We are having conversations and discussing the possibility of him staying for the second part of the season".

But Mourinho was nevertheless impressed with his former Chelsea charge: "I think he played really well, I think in the moment they were moving the ball well of course was hard for us in the midfield".

Referring to the club's remaining transfer business, Mourinho said: '25% means one of four, and we got a central defender that can play in many other positions, which is important.

"I think they've bought well - it's just a case of numbers", he insisted.

"I expect Pogba will improve a lot this season". As a Chelsea fan you're always going to want more: 'Can we buy the best players? "I think he has good prospects for Chelsea - for now and the future". "Hopefully by the time the window shuts it all comes together, and then the club moves forward".

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