English Premier League: 5 areas for improvement this season

English Premier League: 5 areas for improvement this season

Wayne Rooney, no longer needed at Manchester United and long linked with a lucrative pre-retirement contract in China, the Middle East or Major League Soccer, decided to go home, re-signing with his boyhood club, Everton.

If the overhaul of the squad, costing more than 200 million pounds, doesn't deliver silverware there will be further uncomfortable questions for the Spaniard.

The England international has revealed his desire to move back north, hinting at a move to Manchester United or Manchester City.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes that his side can win the Premier League this season, following a disappointing league 2016/17 campaign, where the side finished 6 place.The Portuguese manager has won league titles with Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan and Real Madrid in his second season in charge and believes he can do the same with Man United.According to the Daily Mirror, he said, "It's not because I've always done it that I'm going to do it again", said Mourinho.

Manchester City is all fit with exception of midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who has suffered a knee injury and summer signing Benjamin Mendy.

City's XI that evening was world away from the team that Pep Guardiola will pick on Saturday evening.

He'll spend 12 months at Selhurst Park and wear the No.24. If that's to happen, the manager will need his attacking players to take the chances they create and for his defence to look as good as they did throughout preseason. "Rankles me to this day that that goal should have stood". If it gives in to the player's demands, then, as with the sale of Luis Suarez to Barca three years ago, its plans and ambitions will be severely undermined. The other two new clubs in the league, Brighton and Huddersfield, will bear little resemblance to the teams which won promotion from the Championship. "I'm not going to change the way I want to play".

Still, the n o r t h London club has kept its key talent - notably H a r r y K a n e a n d D e l e A l l i who scored 47 league goals between them last season.

But there are rumblings of tension at United. Rather than being a platform to build on to challenge for a first title since 1961, Tottenham's ownership appears more focused on building a new stadium.

One of which was against West Ham, United's opponents on Sunday as the new Premier League season gets underway. "It's obviously more difficult to win the Champions League, also because the motivation is higher".

Premier League City conspired to lose 5-3 on penalties, after a 2-2 draw at the end of extra time with League One Brighton.

After an anticlimactic first season, the temperature is rising in Manchester.