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Manchester United's preseason performances have been encouraging but rehabilitation under new manager Louis van Gaal begins in earnest Saturday when they kick off the new Premier League season at home to Swansea City.The only way is up, it seems, under van Gaal, though how fast and how high depends on him quickly implementing his own style on a squad that still looks thin on a quality in several areas despite 56 million pounds ($93.52 million) of spending.A home lunchtime clash with Swansea, starting their fourth season in the Premier League with long-serving defender Gary Monk now in charge, should give United temporary leadership of the table although champions Manchester City and Chelsea will be determined to put down early markers away from home. While United are still expected to add to their ranks before the transfer window closes on Sept. 1, Chelsea and City appear to have concluded their main business.Costa, whose goals fired Atletico Madrid to the Spanish title last season, scored twice in a 2-0 friendly win over Real Sociedad Tuesday at Stamford Bridge in which Jose Mourinho played his likely starting team to face Burnley Monday. One player who will not be pulling on a Chelsea shirt is midfielder Frank Lampard, who instead will feature in the light blue of Manchester City after one of the stranger pieces of transfer activity in the close season.Lampard left Chelsea after 13 years in July to join MLS club New York City FC before being loaned to City for six months.
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