United's focus this year will be very much on winning the physical battles and pretty football patterns will have to wait. You have to fight against other teams.
If a team wins a match, it gets 3 points.
Guardiola will hope the well-publicised woe of Claudio Bravo has been addressed with the signing of Ederson from Benfica.
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An inability to break down weaker sides at Old Trafford and a failure to take chances were a huge frustration for Jose Mourinho.
"I think they've bought well - it's just a case of numbers", he insisted. That put them 17th in the league for that statistic.
"I think the [Matic] sale at this moment in time, with that Chelsea squad, could cost them the league".
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The season starts with uncertainty surrounding the future of a number of high-profile players. "Maybe I made a mistake", said Wenger, who will be without want-away Chile star Alexis Sanchez against Leicester due to injury. Lukaku brings a guarantee of goals and should be able to pick up Zlatan's mantle in netting with regularity against the league's lesser lights.
And Mourinho claims that Manchester United will have to deal with the weight of history on their shoulders to make it into the last-16 of the Europe's premier club tournament.
Of those, 167 were on target, making Cech far busier than his goalkeeping rivals.
Just as the team with the most points becomes the victor of the Premier League, the teams with the least points find themselves at the bottom of the table. By comparison, Arsenal lost 11, United 10, Chelsea and City nine, while Spurs lost just five.
"But there's still weeks to go, I would feel more comfortable predicting who will win that league when the transfer window finishes".
Over the next few months, there will be referees, red cards, transfers, tackles, fouls and free kicks, and more matches than you can shake a corner flag at. The importance for me about this player, who is a really good player, a top player, very important for our team, but sometimes you must accept this insane transfer market. Spurs (nine) and United (12) came out best in that category.
A club record £58 million lured Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata from the European champions, while Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger also joined Chelsea, whose spending climbed over £130 million. Some of these are tricky fixtures, but it's against teams like these that United struggled last season. The player, however, values the influence Conte has had at Chelsea and is content with life in London.