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Premier League interest ratings: This weekend's fixtures ranked

Kristopher Love | 10 August, 2018, 18:26

He added that he feels Manchester City will simply be too good for their rivals, commenting: "I said at the end of last season that to go down as an all-time great team, they need to be serial winners and defend their title, and I think they will do that".

Unai Emery will make his Premier League debut in Sunday's clash, and the former Bayern Munich coach has praised the new Arsenal coach following their battles in LaLiga.

Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant all arrived at United by early July, but nobody has followed despite Mourinho's explicit desire to bring in two more players.

"We made a decision to spend, because we should spend, because we had seven, eight players more than 31-years-old".

City invested heavily ahead of the 2017-18 season, buying players including Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy, Ederson and Bernardo Silva, and Guardiola subsequently led the club to the Premier League title by a record-breaking 19 points. Any deal for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld was a way off on the eve of the deadline and interest in Barcelona defender Yerry Mina has been tempered up until now by prohibitive financial demands.

Ben Foster is their most high-profile signing, a proven Premier League goalkeeper, but hardly likely to trigger a stampede outside the club shop.

Mourinho, who will be without the likes of Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo on Friday, once again bemoaned the lack of preparation time for the start of the season, with many of his players having just returned to training after taking time off following the World Cup. "You can not expect them to be fit". It is hard for me to understand we finish second.

"My view is that first of all it is hard for me to believe that we finished second when I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do", the United boss said. "I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game". I repeat: "pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, as simple as that".