Jose Mourinho has accused rival Premier League managers of being too “afraid” to publicly target the title.
Mourinho was happy to describe the Red Devils as challengers for the crown in his first season at Old Trafford but believes others who share his aim are being coy about their ambitions.
The Portuguese, who takes charge for the first time at Bournemouth on Sunday, did not name his targets but it can safely be assumed that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Claudio Ranieri, who has already compared the chances of a Leicester title defence with an alien invasion, feature in his thoughts.
“We feel that we are candidates to win the title,” he said.
“We want to fight for the title, we cannot speak differently. We know that not one or two or three but more than that have the same ambitions.
“Many more think the same way as us but they are afraid to say it. They prefer to play a defensive game in words.
“They prefer to say or to hide or to play defensively with the words, that’s not our way. I don’t think that’s Manchester United. I think Manchester United has to say we want to win the title.
“At the end of the season if we are not champions because someone is better than us then great, that’s football. But at Manchester United Football Club you cannot say differently, we have to fight for the title.”
United were among the teams tipped by our writers to win the title in our Premier League predictions.