Jose Mourinho aims early dig at ‘serial winners’ Liverpool and Tottenham

Pogba helped United to a 2-1 win over Leicester City in their season opener at Old Trafford on Friday night, scoring a penalty after two minutes.

The clubs have not met since 2012 and the "Midlanders" have undergone major surgery since boss Nuno Espirito Santos was appointed last summer, and Everton defender Seamus Coleman insisted that his side must be "quick out of the blocks" to get the better of their hosts. It carried them to automatic promotion last season, and they're betting on it to keep them up this season. Unfortunately for the likes of Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira, Deco and others, their legacy is no more.

This thesis agrees and experts - 21 of the 24 participants in the BBC poll, including legends of the Premier League, before the start of the season gave the bulls the first row in the table.

"If we don't make our team better it will be a hard season for us", Mourinho warned earlier this week, so far to no avail ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline.

"We have to wait until the end of November to understand if we can fight for the title."

With Chelsea and Arsenal both beginning years with new managers and huge questions marks over what comes next, not spending buckets of cash on new players isn't such a awful thing - both United and Tottenham are expected and expect of themselves to be in the top 4, maybe even compete for the titles.

The 30-year-old has found it hard at times to secure minutes since the arrival of the German, but with Brazil's number one now also in the frame, the Belgium worldwide will be forced to look elsewhere for first-team football.

Leicester also spent heavily on seven new players with a £104.3m outlay, topped by Championship prospect James Maddison (£24m) but also secured the services of former West Brom captain Jonny Evans for just £3.5m. I'm saying 'what's the point Jose because I don't think you can win the title with this team.

"You expect that as one of the teams coming up", added the Bluebirds midfielder.

"Unai Emery has achieved so much already in Spain and France and he will want to start well in England".

"We are lucky now because for three to four weeks we can work with only one match a week, so we have to improve in this month", he said.

City haven't dipped into the deep pockets of their Abu Dhabi owners as significantly as Guardiola's first two summers in charge, but have still strengthened with club record signing Riyad Mahrez.

Liverpool's addition of new goalkeeper Alisson Becker addressed a significant weak point while Naby Keita and Fabinho have added depth to a midfield which looked weak towards the end of last season, and getting Xherdan Shaqiri for £13million looks an absolute bargain.

"No team has retained the title in more than a decade, but we are confident we can meet that challenge".

  • Kyle Peterson