English Premier League: 3 things to watch in Manchester City’s 2018/2019 season

Ruben Hill
August 10, 2018

Mourinho warned United could face a "difficult" season if the club failed to sign new players, but he is insisting he will be content to work with the players in his squad in comments that may not reveal his true feelings after a disappointing few weeks of transfer business. Some are expected and some are unexpected.

"He said: "[Sergio] Romero, he had a surgery after his injury, [Antonio] Valencia, he was injured in pre-eason, Marcos Rojo, he was injured in the World Cup, [Diogo] Dalot had a surgery in Porto at the end of April and he is not yet ready.

"When Liverpool are doing well in the league, the league seems better".

Leicester finished 12th after their miraculous title win and Chelsea previous year finished in 5th after winning with Antonio Conte in his first season. They are recently champions and after that the stability of being in the first half of the table. They are a good team, a solid team, an experienced team. If his team don't do well, if they're not playing well, if they're not entertaining people, they're not challenging for the league, then he possibly could go.

With the tactical prowess of Emery in sharp contrast to Arsene Wenger, his successor, you can expect the Gunners not to shy away from taking the game to Guardiola's men. You've been on pre-season, they've been on pre-season and they've had some mixed results, so you haven't been able to watch a team in their flow...

"He will play exactly the same way and they are going to be very hard to stop, although I think Liverpool and United will both be a lot closer to them this time". But it's been a bit of a odd pre-season for these teams with people involved in the World Cup.

Five players have gone out on loan already this window, gaining valuable minutes.

Jorginho was Chelsea's first close-season signing as the Italy midfielder followed Sarri from Napoli in a £57-million deal.

United's courtship of the Belgian has been one of the most drawn-out transfer sagas of the summer, but the Red Devils have yet to make a formal approach to Tottenham for the defender, according to a report from the Express. They each came up with their own top four. It's not anymore about friendlies, it's not anymore about preparation, it's about points.

Alan Shearer and Ian Wright might be Premier League heroes, but in recent times they've also become popular pundits for BBC Sport. Indeed, for a league that markets its competitiveness, if the title race gets as far as May it will be an improvement on last season, when City finished 19 points clear.

No one needs to be reminded of how Guardiola's team blew everyone out of the title race previous year, and they are huge favorites going into this match.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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