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"The only thing I have to do is work every day like I always do, the only demand on me is the one I put on myself", Mourinho said.

Mourinho has added Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic to his ranks and the former Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid boss reported a happy camp at Old Trafford in his programme notes. We take a look at the match preview for the clash which kicks off on Sunday, 13th August, 2017 at 16:00 BST.

The Red Devils finished sixth last season, largely due to their home form, and qualified for the Champions League by winning the Europa League.

At the other end of the field, Mourinho is set to reinstate Phil Jones and Eric Bailly as his centre-backs against West Ham.

United were reliant on Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 17 league goals - and 28 all told - before a cruciate knee ligament cut short his season in April. Below is the full squad expected to participate in the season opener.

Should the Red Devils continue their pre-season form and should key players perform, there's no reason why a title challenge can't be achieved.

The Belgian has wasted no time showing the watching world why United splashed out £75m on him over the summer, complimenting three goals in pre-season with a 62nd minute strike against Real Madrid.

Slaven Bilic's men recorded a goalless draw with Sturm Grad before losing to Fulham.

"This season, when I got the call that Matic wants to play for me and for Manchester United, and he can make it happen, I thought he's the flawless player for me".

United are unbeaten in three matches against the Olympic Stadium outfit, winning two and drawing one.

However, United will be up against a West Ham side who've also spent well this summer as they've snapped-up Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic and former United striker Javier Hernandez so I'm expecting a tough game.

United's second top scorer in the league last season was Juan Mata with six, while Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and the now departed Wayne Rooney each managed five.

Romelu Lukaku will face his favourite opponents.

The 24-year old has had a prolific individual campaign for Everton and anything less than 25 goals for United in his first season with the club under a manager he knows well enough and with better service around him, should be considered failure.

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