Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

John Barnes gives Premier League title and top four prediction

John Barnes gives Premier League title and top four prediction

The World Cup contingent of Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku and Pogba are unlikely to feature, while Marcus Rashford may be rushed back to play wide left due to Mourinho's shortage of options, which is not helped by Anthony Martial's uncertain future, with Alexi Sanchez expected to start through the middle.

Mourinho warned it could be a "difficult season" if United did not bring in at least one more face, with centre-back the main focus in a market that was inflated by last summer's deals.

However, Liverpool finished 25 points adrift of City in the league as Pep Guardiola's squad romped to the title with a record 100 points.

Premier League clubs' net player transfer expenditure to 9 August was £865m, well in excess of the £665m for the summer 2017 transfer window.

"The players from past year are responsible for the excitement, and then we brought in a few new players as an icing on the cake", Klopp said during the club's promising preseason tour in the United States. I like playing with them.

Guardiola was pleased to confirm a major double injury boost with the news that Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne are both available for selection this weekend.

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"But again, the perception of the people that reads can be different, but I like my players and my group".

Despite no new arrivals for the first season at their brand new stadium, Pochettino feels they can still go on to do great things this term.

The club were linked with a number of names, notably Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, for who they had a £25million bid rejected on Wednesday. "I don't know but we believe we can do it".

Jose Mourinho had a frustrating summer, with United only signing three players, with Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant heading to Manchester.

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"Of course it's hard to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn't sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently", he said.

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