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Four Australians featured in the top tier last season but it was the first time since the EPL era started in 1992, when Mark Bosnich had his breakthrough season with Aston Villa, that not one was a bona fide regular.

"There is Mourinho himself".

Mourinho has an impressive record in his second seasons at clubs, winning the title in both spells at Chelsea, as well as at Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. For the first time in 20 years, Arsene Wenger's side will be missing from the Champions League as a outcome of its fifth-place Premier League finish. I don't think I am going to win because I always win in the second season - not at all.

City's playing staff has undergone a massive overhaul over the last two summer transfer windows after Guardiola took over one of the oldest squads in Europe.

The Seagulls will host big-spending Manchester City for their Premier League debut on Saturday, with manager Hughton tipping Pep Guardiola's men as strong title contenders.

Despite a rocky start, Mourinho has put in the foundations.

Manchester United begin their bid to be genuine Premier League title contenders on Sunday when they face West Ham United knowing that an improvement in home form is vital. That injury layoff exposed just how unimaginative United's midfield is without the Frenchman, and in that sense, not much has changed ahead of the new campaign.

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It was a game that Arsenal ought to have won, having dominated proceedings all through the 90 minutes and the added time . We were quite good a year ago on corners and overall I believe that with a bit of work we can get that out of the system.

The Manchester United manager has also never lost on the opening day of a Premier League campaign (W7, D1).

He has been given the funds to inject quality into his team, to address the problems David Moyes and Louis van Gaal failed to correct.

"The one in front of the camera and another Mourinho in the dressing room". Under Jose Mourinho, Manchester United are rising back towards their glory days.

John Stones looked shaky following his big-money move from Everton and Guardiola's dissatisfaction with his full-back options saw midfielders Fernandinho and Jesus Navas deployed in the wide defensive positions.

The French midfielder will be looking to link up with Lukaku, his close friend.

The 35-year-old free agent, who scored 28 goals for the club last season, is battling back to fitness after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in April, though, and Mourinho insisted there is no rush to get a deal done. His coach will be expecting the Belgian striker to deliver just as Zlatan Ibrahimovic did last season, and he is already doing so. While the League Cup is little regarded, the Europa League provided a ticket into the Champions League - and probably the signature of Lukaku.

Mourinho also convinced former club Chelsea to sell Nemanja Matic to United. The Spain worldwide then continued his good form on tour, featuring in five games and netting the victor in the 2-1 win over Sampdoria.

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