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Watch: Jose Mourinho Tips West Ham As Surprise Title Contenders After Javier Hernandez Signing

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho may be losing the run of himself when it comes to analysing West Ham’s success in the transfer market.

The Hammers are set to complete deals for Marko Arnautovic and former Man United striker Javier Hernandez (for just short of £40m between them) in the coming days, and Mourinho is seriously impressed with the Hammers’ recruitment so far – particularly of Hernandez, whom Mourinho has claimed he would never have sold the Mexican as Louis van Gaal did.

So impressed, in fact, is Jose by the London club, he has said that West Ham are “looking like they are playing to win the Premier League, too.”

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United reacts during the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley, England.  (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)

Speaking to reporters in the aftermath of his side’s 2-0 win against rivals Manchester City in a friendly in the US, Mourinho gave his thoughts on other side’s plans (in a monologue that went on to put some serious pressure on Ed Woodward):

“We need a bit more when you see the other teams in the Premier League, like Man City, Liverpool and West Ham, the way they get players, good players, important players.

“The champions have bought three fantastic experienced players.

“I am thinking about West Ham for the first match of the Premier League. They have got Joe Hart, Chicharito and [Marko] Arnautovic. It looks like they are playing to win the Premier League, too.

“The teams are fantastic in the market. I am waiting for a bit more.”

In addition to Hernandez and Arnautovic, Slaven Bilic’s side have also added Manchester City duo Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart to their ranks, and while the new signings will probably see West Ham fare far better than last season’s relegation-threatened campaign, the fans aren’t exactly buying Mourinho putting them in the same bracket as the top six:

Of course, given the fact that Man United face West Ham in their opening game of the season, he could just be trying to ratchet up the mind games (or proving a point to Woodward that teams such as West Ham are getting their business done while Man United are still far from finished).


On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish Football Podcast we discussed the latest rounds of domestic and European fixtures, and were joined on the line by Galway United captain Colm Horgan.

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