Jose Mourinho Confirms Talks With Zlatan Ibrahimovic Over New Manchester United Contract

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The Brazilian international's creativity and goal output would have made him the ideal signing for United, following their much-publicised pursuit of a wide player, but his decision to stay at Chelsea may prove pivotal in their quest of retaining the Premier League.

United, who were beaten in the UEFA Super Cup by Real Madrid on Tuesday, are playing with "a giant on the chest", according to Mourinho, who says they are lagging behind the continent's biggest clubs after four seasons of upheaval following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

Amid interest from Chelsea and Manchester United, Spurs have put a £50m asking price on Danny Rose's head, though that is unlikely to be the case literally speaking.

The former Sweden worldwide was a major part of the Red Devils side that won the Community Shield, EFL Cup and the Europa League last season, scoring 28 goals in 46 appearances for the club.

Despite helping the Blues win the Premier League title, Willian had a hard start under new boss Conte after he was sidelined a number of times with Pedro and Eden Hazard's partnership being preferred for Diego Costa.

"Last season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was phenomenal for United, there is no doubt about it", Higginbotham told Sky Sports.

"It's not like going into the unknown; but it will be a tough, challenging season, and they need to make sure they're up for it".

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Antonio Conte gave Alvaro Morata 31 minutes from the substitutes' bench on his Premier League debut and he scored with a header. In-form Vokes now has seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances after netting only five in the previous 58.

Herrera says United simply came up short against the "best team in the world" - a philosophical stance that echoed his manager's post-match thoughts.

"As you know the Premier League is the main target".

"That is why the club was clever to do that because we anticipated what we needed and we tried to do our best, not just for next season but the future".

United are one of the favourites to lift the trophy this time, despite finishing sixth and 24 points behind Chelsea last term.

One of which was against West Ham, United's opponents on Sunday as the new Premier League season gets underway. We'll improve the team and try to be at that level, to constantly be improving. "We are involved in four competitions and step by step, match after match, we are going to fight".

"It is going to finish, it is unsustainable", Guardiola said Friday, a day before the start of the Premier League season. I think it will be a draw.

United have moved to replace the Swede in this summer's transfer window - bringing in Romelu Lukaku from Everton, but the possibility of the striker linking up with the club again seems a formality given Mourinho's latest comments. "We had an opportunity to equalise, Marcus had a good chance and didn't score, unluckily for us, but this is football".

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