London - Manchester United are better equipped to fight for
the Premier League title in the upcoming season but need to improve further to
be a contender for the Champions League, manager Jose Mourinho has said.
In Mourinho's first season at Old Trafford, United won the
League Cup and the Europa League but finished sixth in the English top flight,
24 points behind champions Chelsea.
"This season is going to be more difficult but I think
we have better conditions to fight for the Premier League," Mourinho told
"I think this season we are a little bit better
equipped. We are against fantastic teams, against amazing investments.
"But I believe in our group, in our spirit, in our
empathy, in our togetherness. I trust my boys and we are going to try."
Having lifted the Europa League in May, United secured
direct entry to the Champions League group stage but the Portuguese manager
believes they are still behind the continent's top clubs.
"We went to the Europa League as one of the top teams,
we go to the Champions League and we are not one of the top teams,"
"We have to be better, much better, for that objective.
The base of everything is to find what I call a happy dressing room."
Mourinho has added striker Romelu Lukaku and centre back
Victor Lindelof in the current transfer window but is still hoping to sign two
more players ahead of the new season.
"One midfield player would give me more options. The
other is an attacking player through the wings to give me more attacking
options," he said.
The British media have linked United with Chelsea's Nemanja
Matic and Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier as midfield options. Inter Milan winger
Ivan Perisic is Mourinho's preferred choice to improve the attacking line, the
reports have said.
United kick off their league campaign at home against West
Ham United on August 13.