Excitement as English Premier League kicks off Friday

Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho were opponents on the opening day in 2014

"We believe a lot in our players and there's no point now to say, why not repeat a similar season like past year or the season before, and with more experience".

"You are talking about Liverpool spending money this transfer window, City have spent terrible lot in the last few years and they are now getting the benefit under Pep Guardiola".

By bringing on McTominay - and by starting Pereira, Pogba and Rashford - Mourinho ensured that United's academy graduates have played more minutes in just one game of the new Premier League season than their rivals Manchester City's youth players did in the entirety of the 2017/18 season.

Having taken advice from former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva regarding the demands of the Premier League, a quick transition into English football could help United as they seek a first title since 2013.

A Premier League-quality squad operating in the second tier, Nuno Espirito Santo's men were Wolves in sheep's clothing in the Championship, storming to the title with 99 points, and this summer's transfer business leaves them well equipped for a tilt at the European places. "You have to ask yourself why so many players perform less". Between new deals for returning players, new signings and loans, Wolves locked in almost a dozen players over the summer, headlined by a club-record $30-million million move for Spanish midfielder Adama Traore from Middlesborough.

Deloitte says that "since the introduction of the player transfer window system in January 2003, aggregate gross player transfer spending has exceeded £11.9 billion, with around 82% of this being spent in summer transfer windows".

Tottenham Hotspurs was the only team in the league to not have signed any player in the current transfer window.

Nevertheless, Tottenham's official supporters" club released a statement saying they were "dismayed' by zero signings.

The Russian star was one of the players to behold at the Russia 2018 World Cup as he dazzled for the hos t country enroute to a respectable quarter- final finish at the World Cup.

At the other end of the scale, Tottenham did not spend a penny or sign a single player, while Crystal Palace were also frugal spenders with £9.5m on three players - including scooping Schalke youngster Max Meyer on a free transfer.



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