Man United vs Leicester City, Premier League

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Pep Guardiola says winning matches, not more trophies, is what drives him as Manchester City prepare for their Premier League title defence on Sunday.

Under proposals presented to Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino by an internal task force, the transfer window would close the day before the start of the domestic season in each member country.

Nearly every top-flight club strengthened their squad either on deadline day or in the weeks before, the clear exception being Tottenham Hotspur who set a record for being the first top-flight English club since the summer window was introduced in 2003 not to bring in a single new name to bolster the squad.

The amount spent in the summer transfer window by English Premier League clubs has fallen for the first time in eight years.


It will not do much for the atmosphere, already testy, around Old Trafford although United do look strong in most other areas, provided Mourinho can get them playing with the fluidity they often lacked last term.

Although attempts were made to add a defensive midfielder to the squad in Jorginho, who instead joined Chelsea, Guardiola insists he is perfectly happy with his group of players.

Indeed Champions League-bound Tottenham became the first club since Newcastle in 2013 not to make a permanent signing and the first since the introduction of the current transfer window system in 2003 not to bring in a single player all summer.

"If we don't make our team better it will be a hard season for us". Oozing confidence following his victory at the World Cup and as Manchester United's new captain, Pogba attempted to lead from the front by taking the shot.Cool as you like it, the United skipper toyed with Schmeichel in his run-up before placing the ball in the Leicester keeper's left side corner.


"Raheem and Kevin had three weeks off after the World Cup, which is not too much time (for pre-season) but they both arrived in the ideal way". Maybe next season we will go to the transfer window a little more active. "We played really well against them and that, for me, is a great sign".

New Gunners boss Unai Emery has enjoyed the luxury of having most of his squad available in preseason, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette forming a fearsome front four. Harry Kane committed his future to Tottenham before heading to the World Cup and finishing as the top-scorer as England reached the semi-finals.

Factor in that £72m of La Liga's take came from one transaction - Kepa's move to Chelsea - and the contrast is even more stark.

Football finance expert Rob Wilson of Sheffield Hallam University said: "Clubs invested heavily past year when we saw nearly £1.5bn being spent".


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