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In other news: Mourinho expects instant success

EXPECTANT: Mourinho thinks he should win the Premier League in his first year at Old Trafford.

EXPECTANT: Mourinho thinks he should win the Premier League in his first year at Old Trafford.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has told The Sun that he expects to win the Premier League in his first season at the club.

It is believed the Portuguese boss was given a three-year target to win the title by his employers but he has shunned that target.

Mike McGrath writes: “Nothing but instant success will satisfy the 53-year-old, which he told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the Glazers during contract negotiations.

“Mourinho told SunSport: “No ultimatum. No demands. Just tranquillity to play and work my three-year contract.

“The message from the owners and Mr Woodward was this — ‘Get your three years, do your work, improve the team and bring us back where we belong during a three-year period’.

“My message was that I wanted to win the title in the first season.”


Cristiano Ronaldo expects to sign a new contract at Real Madrid. (Sky Sports) 

Arsene Wenger has vowed to spend big if he can attract the right players. (Sky Sports) 

Kolo Toure signs for Celtic on one-year deal. (Daily Mail) 

Ched Evans scores in his first football match for four years. (BBC) 

Swansea boss Fracesco Guidolin is desperate to keep Andre Ayew at the club. (BBC) 

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Pep hopes for injury-free derby

MEDIA DAY: Pep addresses the media for the first time in China.

“No injuries” was Pep Guardiola’s answer when asked what his hopes are for the pre-season friendly against Manchester United at the Bird’s Nest Stadium.

There have been some concerns about the pitch following heavy rainfall in Beijing over the last week and Pep has admitted he wants to get through the game with his squad unscathed.


Clichy: Now the whole team must defend

GAEL FORCE: French full-back enjoying life under Pep.

Think of Pep Guardiola and inevitably your mind will turn to beautiful, expansive attacking football.

However, there’s more to the new manager than creating chances and scoring goals, according to one of the men who has been training under him for the last three weeks.

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In Other News: Rooney backs Allardyce appointment

ALLARDYCE: The 61-year old was confirmed as the new England manager on Friday.

England captain Wayne Rooney believes that the FA have made a ‘good appointment’ by naming Sam Allardyce as the new manager of England.

The 30-year old is currently in China ahead of the Manchester derby on Monday and spoke to Sky Sports after the former Sunderland boss signed a two-year deal to take charge of the national side.