Chris Smalling: Manchester United will cope better with high-pressure situations this season


The u'sually busy Manchester clubs were relatively quiet this summer and Manchester United, in particular, had a really disappointing transfer window.

Just 14 per cent of that figure, £175m, was spent on transfers between two Premier League clubs - an unforeseen outcome of the league's window closing before the rest of Europe, according to Deloitte's Tim Bridge.

"Yes, there was a massive gap to Manchester City but there was also a big gap between Manchester United and the rest", Carragher told Sky Sports.

Shearer said: It has been a long time since anyone won back-to-back titles but I think City will win the Premier League again because of Pep - he won't want their standards slipping.

Every single West Ham fan should be praising the board with the signings that have made this summer.

After a hugely successful 2016/17 season under the Italian, Antonio Conte, Chelsea finished fifth last season and failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

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"I actually think Liverpool will get the closest". They also bought in left-back Joe Bryan from Bristol City, plus three players on loan - goalkeeper Sergio Rico from Sevilla, Atletico Madrid forward Luciano Vietto and United's Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Although few can envision Jose Mourinho's Manchester United reaching the same heights as Alex Ferguson's did during that record-breaking season, the symmetry offers reason enough for a quiz; name the starting XI for United on that day.

"The other clubs who compete with us are really strong and already have fantastic teams".

"If we don't make our team better, it will be a hard season for us".

United kicked off the new Premier League campaign last night with a 2-1 win over Leicester.