Thursday 24 August 2017 / 01:05 PM

UNITED REGAIN THAT RUTHLESS LOOK

Manchester United will aim to bring their reign of terror back to the Premier League.

The juggernaut that is Man United has built up speed throughout the off-season and with only a month until fixtures start they are looking like genuine title contenders again.

While in previous years United have pushed for the title and finished in respectable positions, it’s a far cry from the days when Sir Alex Ferguson held court.

Incoming manager Jose Mourinho has acquired talismanic centre forward Zlatan Ibrahimović and pacy winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the transfer window.

These two are likely to join Anthony Martial up front, with Wayne Rooney to be tucked in behind.

A combination of these four players covers an array of attacking options for the Red Devils, with pace out wide and a huge target man, while they possess players who can shoot and score from any distance in the final third.

Club captain Wayne Rooney told The Telegraph he is excited to work with the new-look United.

“I like to think I’m always motivated as a player but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit more motivated when a new manager comes in,” Rooney said.

“I’m sure all the lads will be happy to be working under Jose and also eager to impress.

“I’m really excited to be working with Jose this season as he’s one of the best managers in the world and it’s an exciting time for Manchester United.

“I’ve always respected him both as a man and a manager, he’s a nice guy and one of the most successful managers of all time.”

Mourinho has moved quickly, he has already told fringe players Guillermo Varela and Tyler Blackett they will no longer be training with the first team.

In his first press conference, Mourinho outlined that he aims to bring in four players, and with three being signed already the rumors are running wild about who the fourth player is.

Paul Pogba is highly tipped to be the final piece of Mourinho’s masterpiece; the French midfielder was formerly a part of the Manchester United academy as a youth but left the club seeking more first-team time.

If Pogba is to sign it is expected to be for a fee around £100 million, which would be the highest transfer fee ever.

This continues the trend of a ruthless United side that will stop at nothing in their pursuit of EPL glory.

Mourinho is inspired by the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ and told Adidas Front Row he expects his success to continue at the venue.

“The first time I managed there it was exactly a dream for me because it was on the way to winning the Champions League with Porto,” Mourinho said.

“We scored a goal in the last minute at Old Trafford and made history for myself and my country.

“So for me there was always that connection that anything is possible, it’s the Theatre of Dreams.

“I did it with Porto, I won there with Chelsea, I won there with Real Madrid, so why can’t I do it with Man United, playing at home with the fans in the stadium behind us? I am waiting for that.”

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