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Three Truths: Manchester United got schooled but could still win the Premier League

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season", Guardiola said Friday on the eve of his side's opening game of the new Premier League season at promoted Brighton and Hove Albion.

Mourinho goes into his second season at Old Trafford needing significant improvement in the Premier League after United finished sixth in May. It is unacceptable for them to be so poor at Old Trafford, especially when the relegated Hull City managed to win eight times at their KCom stadium. "I like them as a club and I like Slaven Bilic so they will do better than they did last season".

"I don't think I am going to win it because I always win it in the second season".

Brighton won promotion to the Premier League through the automatic places last season, ending a 34 year run of football outside England's top flight. We have a very good group.

"We have had a better pre-season than previous year and we have the confidence levels of a team that has won a European competition and returned to the Champions League".

"The last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full backs".

Three Truths: Manchester United got schooled but could still win the Premier League
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Pep Guardiola believes that top clubs are forced to pay over the odds for quality players but says the premium is even greater when dealing with Premier League clubs. Lukaku's first season among the elite clubs should give us a better perspective of how far he could go and more experienced players like Antonio Valencia, David De Gea and Nemanja Matic will have to steer the team safely towards the knock-out stages for starters.

'Victor can play right back and can play central midfield, we got a central midfielder [Matic], we got a striker [Lukaku], obviously the 25% would be a player for another position playing from the sides.

"The West Ham supporters I've spoken to are very happy with the new players".

Gabriel made an immediate splash upon arriving from Palmeiras in January, scoring three goals in his first two Premier League starts and pushing the Argentina global to the bench.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expects to spend less on players next season after a big splash-out in the current transfer window, saying today's squad had been put together with an eye on the future.

Fellow summer signing Lindelof struggled at times in a United defence that was missing several players through injury or suspension against Zinedine Zidane's Champions League winners.

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