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03 August 2017

Jose Mourinho has Manchester United truly believing again – and now his revamped squad is good enough to field TWO teams

NOT since Sir Alex Ferguson had the hairdryer on full blast have Manchester United gone into a season with such a warm glow.

Less than three months after stumbling home in sixth, 24 points adrift of champions Chelsea, there is a genuine sense of hope again.

Jose Mourinho now has ample options, as shown when he took £75m new boy Romelu Lukaku off and brought on England striker Marcus Rashford during a friendly in Dublin
Jose Mourinho now has ample options, including £75m new boy Romelu Lukaku
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Paul Pogba right) could be free for his more natural attacking role in midfield now that anchorman Nemanja Matic has arrived from Chelsea
Paul Pogba (right) could be free for his more natural attacking role in midfield now that anchorman Nemanja Matic has arrived from Chelsea
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In recent years, optimism of Premier League  glory at Old Trafford has been as rare as a title-winning open-top bus parade on Merseyside.

But a glance at the squad should be enough to convince people.

There may be better first-choice line-ups around — and even that is debatable — but no club boasts as much depth.

Even Fergie was guilty of signing some shockers.

For Peter Schmeichel there was  Massimo Taibi; for Eric Cantona, David Bellion; for Roy Keane and Cristiano Ronaldo there were Eric Djemba-Djemba and Kleberson.


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Jose Mourinho talks to Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the USA tour
Manager Jose Mourinho talks to Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the USA tour
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Paul Pogba can look forward to a livelier, freer role this season under Jose Mourinho
World-record signing Paul Pogba can look forward to a livelier, freer role this season under Jose Mourinho
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When Jose Mourinho arrived a year ago, the serious rebuilding work still lay ahead.

Eric Bailly looks a defensive monster, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba’s class is obvious and Romelu Lukaku is a force of nature.

And holding midfielder Nemanja Matic showed in 45 minutes against Sampdoria how crucial he will be.

Matic will allow Pogba to strut his stuff as he did so majestically at Juventus.

Mkhitaryan and Lukaku can be unplayable and then there is the energy and dynamism of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford.

Mourinho’s options are almost limitless. No wonder their title odds are shrinking almost by the day.

Nemanja Matic will provide the strength and stability as a defensive midfielder that Jose Mourinho loves
Former Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic will provide the strength and stability as a defensive midfielder that Jose Mourinho loves
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Nemanja Matic meets his new team-mates - after winning the title with Chelsea last term
Nemanja Matic meets his new Manchester United team-mates – after winning the title with Chelsea last term
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Eric Bailly could become the next defensive powerhouse for Utd as Jose Mourinho builds from the back
Eric Bailly could become the next defensive powerhouse for Manchester United as Jose Mourinho builds from the back
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lUNITED have told Uefa they will appeal Phil Jones’ two-match ban.

The defender, 25, was punished for swearing at a doping control officer after May’s Europa League final win over Ajax.

Jones wanted to be part of a dressing-room photo in tribute to the 22 victims of the Manchester terror attack but was told to go immediately to doping control.

Mourinho said: “Put yourself in his position. It’s not a normal match, it’s a final.”

Angry United are appealing over the two-game ban given to defender Phil Jones
Angry United are appealing over the two-game ban given to defender Phil Jones
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