Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho does not expect to add to his squad as the Premier League transfer window closes on Thursday, despite warning a hard season lies ahead for the English giants without further recruits.
Pep Guardiola’s City won the Premier League with 100 points last season (Martin Rickett/PA).
Guardiola was pleased to confirm a major double injury boost with the news that Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne are both available for selection this weekend.
The England global was one of several players Jose Mourinho had looked to bring to Old Trafford this summer as the Portuguese coach tried to bolster his back-line. “We have to wait until the end of November to understand if we can fight for the title”.
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“Teams that actually wanted it more could hurt us”.
“It’s the last time I speak about it”.
With Guardiola saying he is still “starving” for more success, there appears to be little chance of a City letdown.
The Reds will be aiming to try and make a positive start to the new campaign as they look to try and be one of the main title contenders this term. While the Brazilian is expected to feature regularly for the Red Devils, the young untested Dalot and the clear backup option Grant hardly made a splash ahead of the side’s Premier League opener against Leicester City.
“My view is that, first of all, is hard for me to believe we finished second”, he said.
“We have a very good squad, with very good players and it is very hard to add players to that”, Pochettino added.
Midfielder Scott McTominay was introduced later in the match by Jose Mourinho, replacing new signing Fred in midfield, and in doing so the Portuguese coach set a rather unlikely record. Last season we were so happy. I’m not resting on this. Again, I know the words you want me to say or not to say.
Silva, who featured in all three of Manchester City’s warm-up matches as well as the Community Shield, looks set to start against Arsenal on Sunday. “To improve is to see the team play better and individual players get better, but opponents will be better”.