Manchester United will kick off their Premier League campaign on Friday night and Jose Mourinho will be eager to start the season on a winning note as they host Leicester City at Old Trafford, but do the Red Devils traditionally fly out of the traps in the first round of matches, or are they slow-starters?
United have endured a hard summer transfer window as they have tried and failed to sign a host of defensive targets, with Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld and Leicester's Harry Maguire among the names on their wish-list.
"The market closes today".
"I'm not confident", Mourinho said, when asked whether there would be more players arriving before the deadline.
Mourinho recently vented his frustration about his club's lack of summer spending, with Fred the only big-money arrival.
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Manchester City won the league 19 points ahead of their bitter rivals United last term but Mourinho feels like it was a great success when he takes into account some of the criticism he faced. Sometimes its also hard to believe I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues, and I keep thinking the second position past year was one of my biggest achievements in England'.
Do you see Man United challenging for the title season? Mourinho also has selection problems for the Leicester game, with Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Dalot ruled out because of injuries and Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini not considered fully fit after being given extra time off to recover from the World Cup.
"From what I hearing from the Everton end, they are concerned they won't get the player in the end because of Manchester United's interest, because of Lyon's interest".
"They returned on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", Mourinho said. The tactics to be changed in Championship Manager you can just press a button.
The Red Devils coach has cut a sullen figure throughout pre-season with the former Chelsea boss unable to hide his dissatisfaction with Brazil global midfielder Fred being his sides only high profile signing.