Ilkay Gundogan close to Manchester City return

Ilkay Gundogan close to Manchester City return

Manchester City, which last won the title in 2014, and Manchester United, which has now gone through a five-year drought since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, are the two favorites to lift the league champion trophy in May.

The Serbian's had a brilliant start to his United career and impressed with his passing in the Super Cup.

Goalkeeper: Despite fresh speculation linking him with a return to Spain this summer David De Gea looks set to stay at United and continue as their No.1 this season with Sergio Romero once again his back-up.

Meanwhile, the former Tottenham man is enjoying his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Zidane's constant refusal of speaking about Bale's future only adds further doubt to the situation.

Yet, with the money they have spent, United have no excuse not to be amongst the elite Premier League clubs and battling for both the league and the Champions League next season. Even though he only made 16 appearances last season, Gundogan looked unbelievable when he was on the pitch. "But the football club is one thing and the team's credentials going into a competition are another thing entirely".

Mourinho believes United are capable of winning a title in his second season, but is not kidding himself over the challenge that awaits them domestically.

Chelsea legend and new BT Sport pundit Frank Lampard has bet against Arsenal and Liverpool to reach the Champions League places this season, according to the Daily Star. Let the season get underway and we'll find out soon enough.

They then played three matches in the International Champions Cup, which included a 2-0 victory over Manchester City, a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid and a 1-0 defeat to Barcelona, before beating Valerenga 3-0 and then Sampdoria 2-1. "I was thinking of four players but I am not a hard person to work with, even if it looks different, or you want to make it look so", he said.

The 35-year-old, who scored 28 goals for United last season, has been at the club during his rehabilitation and Mourinho said the Swede could feature in the second half of the season.

"But I was not thinking of him because I never go to players who I think are the impossible mission".

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard admits he was surprised by his club's decision to sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United, as he hinted the Serbian midfielder was the driving force behind one of the more unexpected transfers of this summer.

He said: "To buy lots of good players is important".

"I understand the reality of the market, the numbers and my club by doing 75 per cent of what I asked, the club did well".

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent.