Pep Guardiola has spent well in excess of £100 million to bring in full-backs and a goalkeeper, and it will be interesting to see if that makes a difference.
"Game over even before it started - everybody knows he is going to stay".
Since Alex Ferguson retired after the 2013 title win United have not finished in the top three but some serious investment in new players gives manager Jose Mourinho, starting his second season at the club, the sense that things are coming together. I think he is the one they can do it for.
Manchester United are ready to turn their attentions towards trying to sign Danny Rose from Tottenham Hotspur this summer if they fail to sign a new winger.
His technique on the ball, being able to use both feet, and the fact that he is a tough-tackler means he can slot into the midfield when the likes of Pogba or Ander Herrera needs a rest.
"I think the way that he plays - in that team - he would be sensational".
Following Real Madrid's Super Cup victory over Manchester United on Tuesday night, club president Florentino Perez told the media that Gareth Bale would not be leaving the Bernabeu for Old Trafford, according to the Daily Star However, Spanish outlet Diario Gol carries a different report, that Perez privately told Jose Mourinho that he would be willing to sell the Welshman.
You've got a £50m budget to pick 11 players, with all the biggest new signings ready and raring to go ahead of a mouthwatering new Premier League campaign.
Speaking exclusively to 888sport, the former England international has called for Jose Mourinho to show Chris Smalling, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw the exit.
But then, with a sleight of hand befitting this master of grievance, Mourinho took it in another unexpected direction.
The match will kick-off at 4pm. There are other questions as well, with the next three weeks a pivotal time. Mourinho did great work here in Madrid and I believe that I am doing good work in Madrid. Crystal Palace and Sunderland fall into both categories, sharing the promotion honours with Leicester and West Brom and the relegation record with Middlesbrough and Norwich. Newcastle United, back in the big league, will hope it is a negative, as Rafa Benitez looks to spoil Mauricio Pochettino's party on the opening weekend.
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