Jose Mourinho still feels there is much room for improvement in his Manchester United side, despite their emphatic opening to the Premier League season.
The Reds are the favourites with many pundits to win their first title of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era this term, having spent heavily this summer on Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof. The latter didn’t start against West Ham United on Sunday, but his other two big signings were integral as the Old Trafford club started their campaign with a comfortable 4-0 win.
Lukaku grabbed a brace to add to the goal he scored against Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday, with other goals coming from substitute Anthony Martial and midfielder Paul Pogba. It was a really impressive outing from Mourinho’s side, but the Portuguese coach has stopped short of calling it a perfect display and insists there is still much room for improvement in the coming weeks.
“I think the quality of our performance, based on the confidence levels, was really high but I am not going to say the performance was perfect because it wasn’t perfect,” he said. “We made our mistakes and have room for improvement, obviously. But it was a solid performance. Now our challenge is to keep these confidence levels. I think we can be a better team than we were last season.”
In the other Premier League match on Sunday, last season’s runners-up Tottenham Hotspur opened their campaign with a steady 2-0 win at Newcastle United, who were reduced to ten-men when Jonjo Shelvey was dismissed on 48 minutes. Dele Alli and Ben Davies were on the scoresheet for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who next face champions Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.