Zlatan returns? Manchester United keen to re-sign Ibrahimovic

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The difference in best and worst price, or Oddschecker value, shows the relative uncertainty of bookmakers when pricing up the underdogs as opposed to the bigger teams in the league with many of them capable of causing a shock.

Mourinho acknowledged this week that Real Madrid's Gareth Bale was out of reach after the Welshman started for the Spanish side in their 2-1 European Super Cup win over United.

"He is injured, he needs time to recover, and is not ready to play tomorrow". I think last season there was a movement away from how the team played under Louis van Gaal's side and I think it will become more of a Mourinho side.

This season, however, each of the Premier League's top seven will play in Europe, which Mourinho believes is a leveller. But as we prepare for our all-important opener against Manchester United, we need to reflect on last season's opener against Chelsea, more importantly, how prepared we were. "If that is going to mean better results and the title, I don't know".

"Last season, we won three trophies which is very good, but we didn't fight for the Premier League". I want the team to be on a par with the club's history, which is something I've been lucky enough to feel at every club.

Today is Premier League Eve, and it is the day that football writers and experts release their predictions for the upcoming season.

"I just think that he was very clear by showing that what he did a year ago was not enough for him".

Fans will also be hoping to see summer signings Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic make their competitive debuts at Old Trafford this weekend.

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Yet, a team featuring Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus up front and a sprinkle of attacking midfielders like Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, new signing Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling promises lots of goals this season.

"I think Manchester United will win the Premier League because Mourinho has never failed in a second season".

"We're not expected to beat teams like City".

"I think that Pep obviously recognised - and it does help if you have money in the bank to go and get those players - but he went to get exactly the players that he needed".

However, United finished in sixth place and an eye-watering 24 points behind champions Chelsea, despite losing the same number of Premier League games as Mourinho's former club.

"I would like to pay less for the club, for everybody, but the market is the market", said the City manager.

With manager Jose Mourinho having raised the possibility, and Paul Pogba recently terming him a "leader" at the club even though he isn't under contract, speculations around Zlatan's return in a United shirt have picked up momentum.

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