TAB: Punters Guide to matchday one of the English Premier League

Arnold Nichols
August 10, 2018

United will start their Premier League campaign against Leicester at Old Trafford on Friday night.

Manchester City are favourites to be the first team since Neville's United to retain the Premier League, with the chasing pack hoping that a renewed focus on the Champions League might lead to City taking their eye off the defence of their title.

It was United boss Jose Mourinho who sold him to United, and the manager may be open to doing so again if it meant landing Alderweireld.

"I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today so it is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed".

And while those players are all now back in training, with Lukaku, Rashford and Jones having returned earlier than scheduled, Mourinho has admitted he will still be without a number of key players against Leicester.

United are aware of the fact that Hotspurs can back-out from the deal anytime before the transfer deadline day, so United are searching for the alternative for the defender.

Chelsea winger Willian, though supposedly happy at Chelsea, has revealed that he's targeting a reunion with former manager Jose Mourinho. It is hard for me to understand we finish second.

As United dither, Liverpool have emerged as second favourites for the title behind City after splashing over £170 million ($220 million) on goalkeeper Alisson and midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Spurs, who are preparing to move into their new £850m stadium for the new season, have yet to sign any players in the current transfer window. Arsenal are without a win in their last five league meetings with City, and have won just two of their last 12 against the champions.

Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December 2015 with the then-Premier League champions languishing in 16th, just one point above the relegation places.

So far Tottenham's interest in Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has been rebuffed with the Championship club holding out for a reported fee in excess of £30 million.

World Cup victor Hugo Lloris and Belgium internationals Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld were also playing at Russian Federation 2018 only a month ago.

A club-record fee of 20 million pounds was also splashed on powerful Spanish winger Adama Traore and versatile Belgian worldwide Leander Dendoncker was snapped up from Anderlecht.

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