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• ‘We never miss the players who are injured; it’s a moment for others to step in’
• Juan Mata lauds side’s greater efficiency and Romelu Lukaku’s contribution
José Mourinho said he has complete trust in all of his Manchester United players after his side crushed Crystal Palace 4-0 for a fifth consecutive victory without the injured Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman sustained a hamstring problem in the 3-0 win over Basel in a Champions League group game on 12 September. Since then United have beaten Everton 4-0, Burton Albion 4-1, Southampton 1-0 and CSKA Moscow 4-1 before the victory over Roy Hodgson’s bottom-placed side.
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• Manager says his developing side ‘are not dreaming’ before Feyenoord test
• Ederson takes place in squad despite face injury sustained against Liverpool
Pep Guardiola admits he does not know if Manchester City can win the Champions League as his side are still in the “process of growing”.
The manager’s side face Feyenoord in their Group F opener at Rotterdam’s De Kuip Stadion on Wednesday night. Guardiola’s view may cause some surprise as he has just overseen a £226m spend in the transfer window, and City’s squad cost £775m to assemble, the most expensive in football history.
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The manager has a wealth of forward talent at his disposal for Monday’s game against Everton but will need success to keep all his star players happy
For the largest embarrassment of attacking riches in the Premier League’s 25-year history, look no further than Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. At the Etihad Stadium for Monday night’s match with Everton the manager can choose from Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sané, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Yaya Touré, Ilkay Gündogan and Sergio Agüero.
After the 2-0 victory in their opening game at Brighton & Hove Albion, Guardiola also mentioned Phil Foden, a 17-year-old who impressed in pre-season and was an unused substitute. If Guardiola’s pursuit of Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez proves successful he will have a full XI at his disposal to fill a maximum of five places, if a three-centre-back system is used.
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• Manager admits United are long way behind Spanish powerhouses
• Mourinho says United will be humble on their return to Champions League
José Mourinho has compared Manchester United’s struggle in the Champions League to having “a giant on our chest” before their return to the competition.
United lost Tuesday’s Uefa Super Cup 2-1 to Real Madrid, who have won the European Cup for the past two seasons, the first club to do so in the Champions League era. United will enter at the group stage of the tournament when it starts next month.
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José Mourinho has spent lavishly again this summer to create a big, powerful side equipped for the title race – yet Manchester United must buy again
Guardian writers’ predicted position 3rd (NB: this is not necessarily Jamie Jackson’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)
Last season’s position 6th
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Pep Guardiola appears to have addressed last season’s defensive frailties but will they have time to defend if the manager sticks to an attacking philosophy?
Guardian writers’ predicted position 1st (NB: this is not necessarily Jamie Jackson’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)
Last season’s position 3rd
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United and City expect far better for Manchester than last season while Premier League champions Chelsea hoped Morata’s goals could retain their crown
After Antonio Conte led Chelsea to their fifth Premier League crown in his first campaign, Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho embark on a defining 2017-18 season. Defining because the pair were granted a free pass last term. However, Conte’s feat casts a harsh light on how poorly Guardiola and Mourinho performed. Guardiola guided City to an unconvincing third and Mourinho took United to a lowly sixth. As the positions suggest, neither manager was able to mount a serious tilt at the title and thus their respective employers have to find excuses for them and succour from elsewhere.
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