Mourinho comments on Man United's title chances

Mourinho comments on Man United's title chances

"The difference is the quality of the players".

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season", Guardiola said on Friday on the eve of his side's opening game of the new Premier League season at promoted Brighton and Hove Albion.

Despite an injury-hit debut season with City following his January move from Palmeiras, Jesus still scored seven times and produced four assists in his 10 Premier League games.

The Amex Stadium will be the 56th different ground to host a Premier League fixture. It is going to be the same for everybody. I'm not in a position to say I'm not happy.

Victor Lindelof should add depth to a central defense that was undermined last season by regular injuries.

This first match at Brighton shouldn't be much more than a glorified tune-up for the title favorites.

"In my other clubs what I had was more players scoring goals", he said.

"We didn't have full-backs and you have to buy full-backs", the Spaniard added. Lukaku isn't the only player being reunited Mourinho, who also convinced former club Chelsea to sell Nemanja Matic to United. Kayal will be out for 12 weeks with a leg injury.

It was only Vincent Kompany's sixth game for City and if he's in the lineup for the opening day of 2017-18, it will be his 300th start.

One of the Premier League's biggest issues is that most world-class players who play in England eventually end up leaving for greener pastures. Joe Hart is on loan to West Ham United. For a serial collector of trophies at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, finishing his first season in English football without a single title was an unusual feeling for Guardiola.

I would go for Manchester United to finish second. I just think it is going to take two seasons for him to understand the league, so I think they will miss top four.

"We have a central midfielder and striker, so obviously another player would be one coming from the sides". With a full preseason under his belt with his new club, he will be a tantalizing prospect.

The signing this week of Sead Hakšabanovic offset the likes of Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez.

With United unable to make the breakthrough, the trophy went to Blackburn instead. However, a large transfer war chest does not a champion squad make. But even if that argument merited some skepticism, the fact that a veteran was dropping down a division to carry on playing was a welcome return to the habits of the past.

It's been nine years since Manchester City last travelled to Brighton. We played 3-4-3 with a diamond, it's such a demanding system, so attacking, but so demanding defensively, and we did it quite well, yet for me it doesn't matter as it's pre-season.

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