Man Utd starts season in optimistic mood

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) For a club of Manchester United's standing, two years out of the Premier League title conversation is two too many.

There are reasons to be optimistic that the run won't stretch to a third season, even though the 20-time English champions head into the new campaign with as many questions as answers.

Louis van Gaal is starting his second season in charge and feels his philosophy - his buzzword since arriving at Old Trafford - is beginning to permeate the club. The Dutchman also believes his squad is better balanced after the offseason signings of midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, Italy right back Matteo Darmian, Netherlands forward Memphis Depay and Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

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