Carrick expects Premier League title challenge from Manchester United (From Winsford Guardian)

Jose Mourinho

Thankfully the 2017-18 Premier League season returns with a bang this weekend, where on Friday evening Arsenal host Leicester City.

The presence of Nemanja Matic should, in theory, free up Paul Pogba to do what he does best - and the creative energy of the young Frenchman could be hard to contain for most Premier League sides.

"Last season in my first press conference we were the favourites so nothing has changed". 'I feel the same pressure as I had last season.

Pep Guardiola promised Manchester City would rein in its unprecedented levels of spending after overseeing an outlay of approaching $500 million in his first year in charge. He will be hoping to continue that trend with this Manchester United side. "But to have a better position in table we need to win more".

Elsewhere, Conte had guided Chelsea to the Premier League title and Mourinho delivered the EFL Cup and Europa League trophies to Old Trafford. However, they have been unable to sign a wide player, and a move for Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic, who has been linked in the British media with a transfer to Old Trafford, looks unlikely.

According to the British media reports, City have spent over 200 million pounds ($259.62 million) on full-backs Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo, goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva.

"We always had that so my teams always had the goalscorer, we always had the guy that scores more goals, but then we had the winger that scored 15 goals, we had the midfield player who scored 10 goals, we had the central defender that scored five goals". We played 3-4-3 with a diamond, it's such a demanding system, so attacking, but so demanding defensively, and we did it quite well, yet for me it doesn't matter as it's pre-season.

"When you come out on top it is an unbelievable feeling to know you are the best team in the country, and you have gone through all sorts of things along the way to win that".

They have bought reasonably well, and should they keep hold of Philippe Coutinho, there is no reason why they shouldn't comfortably qualify for the Champions League again.

"I have a lot of respect for the players I had, I never complained for one bad game or bad defeat, making excuses, never, even in Germany I never said that, never in my life I make an excuse about what happened", he added. Having ended months of speculation by signing a new two-year contract, Wenger believes if his players put on a united front, the exasperated fans will fall into line behind them.

Costa was involved in 27 goals last season (20 goals, seven assists), a huge level of production his fellow Spain global Morata now must provide.

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