David Moyes has made a very bold prediction for Manchester United's season

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'I said during pre-season - it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane - but I repeat: pre-season is hard when you don't have your players to work, it's as simple as that'.

The Frenchman, who had been linked with a possible transfer window move to Barcelona, said he remained hungry for more success.

"Obviously when the decision is not uniform around Europe, we are opening an element of disadvantage for the English clubs", Mourinho said last September.

The rest will have done Sane no harm, and Sane is relishing the upcoming Premier League challenge where all to top sides have strengthened. He also has brought in new players but would they have really grasp his philosophy?

Although there has been speculation about a deal for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld, there has been no offer from United while Leicester remain determined to retain England worldwide Harry Maguire, who has four years left on his contract.

Sarri, on the back of defining season as manager with Napoli in Italy, is confident of good start in a "difficult game against Huddersfield".

The Manchester United manager is never short of a barb or two for his club's arch-rivals, and when Jose Mourinho recently claimed Liverpool were "buying everything and everybody" it was perhaps more frustration at his own lack of activity. "I'm sure we will have to do that again this year".

"When you sign Lukaku and Pogba for more money combined than we signed our four players it probably means the money side of it isn't as true as he'd like to believe".

But Mourinho's mood has nearly darkened by the minute this summer and bookmakers have him as the first Premier League manager to lose his job.

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Mourinho warned last weekend that a "difficult season" could lie ahead if they failed to strengthen the squad before the deadline.

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Two of the newly-promoted clubs in Fulham and Cardiff City, runners-up and play-off winners of the Championship respectively, couldn't mark their first game back in the Premier League with any points.

Chelsea comes second in the big-spenders list.

"Forget about Liverpool's spending, because of course they have spent a lot, but last season they were a top team as well".

The club's owners have close links to super agent Jorge Mendes, who counts Cristiano Ronaldo as one of his clients, and a number of his players now turn out for the east Midlands side.

Paul added: "When there is a flow to the game, referees get swept up in the game".

They also finished second in the Premier League - their best finish since Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012/13 season.

"If you have a build-up of anticipation and atmosphere you can psychologically get in referees' heads".

"I think the fixtures which have come out for them, and the way it has worked, will give them every opportunity to be there".

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