While £75million striker Romelu Lukaku has been signed to fill the void left by 28-goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it is the arrival of Nemanja Matic that represents a clear boost for Manchester United's Premier League title chances, according to manager Jose Mourinho.
The Premier League returns this Friday, as Arsenal face Leicester at the Emirates.
Hernandez is now likely to make his Premier League debut for the Hammers against his former club and said of the Red Devils ahead of the game, "It was a great experience [there] ... only happiness". The above Trinity predicting a struggle for the last ticket to the Champions League.
However, Mourinho added that one key factor to their title charge at Old Trafford will sharing the scoring load amongst numerous players, as was the case at his previous clubs, and hopes the onus will not be left exclusively on the shoulders of new striker Rolmelu Lukaku. United haven't lifted the Premier League trophy since 2013, which was Sir Alex Ferguson's last season in charge.
"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.
"We always had that so my teams always had the goalscorer, we always had the guy that scores more goals, but then we had the winger that scored 15 goals, we had the midfield player who scored 10 goals, we had the central defender that scored five goals".
Mourinho went for a three at the back formation against Real Madrid in the Super Cup on Tuesday night but I think he might revert to a 4-2-3-1 this weekend. Since joining the Premier League, the Belgian has had four seasons of 15-plus goals, and previous year he was on the scoresheet for a whopping 25 times. Over his managerial career, Mourinho has often tasted success in his second season at a club with the domestic league title.
"We have a football club much better equipped, much better organised in the areas which support the first-team squad". It's not just for his qualities but my relation with him and the way I know him'.
Asked if Manchester United was his team now, he didn't hesitate to agree.
However, Mourinho has lost a number of key players to long-term injury, including defenders Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw, and wing-back Ashley Young. Becoming the first United manager to finish on top of the pile since Sir Alex Ferguson is great motivation for someone with his pride and ego, and numerous troubles that afflicted his first season, despite winning two cup trophies, have disappeared. "I think the competition can be better than ever". The top seven, we are all in Europe.
If Mourinho is feeling the pressure of maintaining his record of winning league titles within two years at Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan and Real Madrid, he's not showing it. It is going to be the same for everybody.
"I am happy with the effort the club did and that the club managed to do 75 percent of the work before the Premier League starts and until August 31".