Mourinho predicts seven-way fight for Premier League title

Mourinho predicts seven-way fight for Premier League title

"We needed to do that because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League, and we need to change it".

But having witnessed first-hand just how hard it has been for clubs to conduct business this summer, Mourinho says he will not be complaining if his squad stays as it is come 31 August. However, they are yet to sign a wide player.

There have been five major new signings in Ederson, Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva and Danilo, and further additions have not been ruled out.

Former Manchester City pair Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta and star signing Marko Arnautovic, a £20 million recruit from Stoke City, could all make their competitive debuts on Sunday.

The most recent league fixture between the clubs was on 1 April 1989, when Brighton won 2-1 at the Goldstone Ground in the old Division Two.

"It's not something urgent, that we are desperate to have it done or not done, I just think that he was very clear by showing what he did previous year was not enough for him. For any neutrals, they will be the team to watch this season - the hottest ticket in town".

While United will remain vigilant in the transfer market right up until deadline day, Mourinho is losing faith in their ability to do a deal and says he is ready to use his existing options instead.

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"It's different to any one of the other leagues".

"I don't there's extra pressure on me".

"My experience of being a manager, always the beginning of the season the new ones are the toughest ones", Guardiola added.

Mourinho's optimism is based on three beliefs; he feels he has a more settled squad than when he arrived, that they have had a better pre-season than 12 months ago and that their rivals at the top of the division will have greater distractions in European competition this time.

Yet, with the money they have spent, United have no excuse not to be amongst the elite Premier League clubs and battling for both the league and the Champions League next season.

All told, Gabriel scored seven goals and provided four assists in 10 league games last campaign.

As the Seagulls prepare to host City on Saturday afternoon, Hughton has insisted his men must ignore any gulf in financial clout, citing Burnley and Bournemouth as examples of how to carve out a Premier League niche on a budget.

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