The Curious Summer of Manchester United & Tottenham


"When I listen, when I read, not much but sometimes I do, is hard to believe that we finished second, because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, and you make them look like serial winners". Only four teams, outside of one-offs Blackburn Rovers and Leicester, have won the league since its inception in 1992-1993; that looks unlikely to change this year.

Even though Pep Guardiola has the financial clout to purchase any player he wants, he has amassed a fantastic squad. I think he would.

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

They have added Naby Keita and keeper Alisson, while also holding on to Mo Salah.

The latter's two costly errors in last season's Champions League final saw Liverpool look for a replacement and led them to Roma's Brazil worldwide Alisson Becker.

"I know my responsibilities and I know also the coach has given me freedom to play my football in attack, so I know what I have to do on the pitch".

Liverpool have defensive worries ahead of West Ham tie
Liverpool kick their campaign off at Anfield, where the Reds host West Ham United in a traditional Sunday afternoon face-off. It comes now, West Ham are here and want our points. "Tottenham are not weaker than past year , just more experienced".

Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December 2015 with the then-Premier League champions languishing in 16th, just one point above the relegation places. You'd have to say you are not playing an Arsenal, a City, a Chelsea in that period.

They kick off the new season against Bournemouth away from home on Saturday and from minute one, survival will be on their minds. Unai Emery gives Arsenal a new face on the touchline for the first time in 23 years, taking over from Arsene Wenger.

Not making any acquisitions in the summer transfer window and having nine players representing teams that reached World Cup semifinals have Mauricio Pochettino in a fix. "I expect in the first part of the season some problems", he said ahead of the season opener.

This leaves another of my old teams, Spurs.

Newcastle still very much tick all the boxes for a club being on the brink of crisis, with popular manager Benitez being pushed closer to the exit, players going on strike over a bonus row - which has since been resolved - and supporters threatening to revolt.

Fulham have spent big but will they be able to see of experienced boss Roy Hodgson's Palace.