A dispiriting Champions League exit against Sevilla in the last 16 also did little to engender a feelgood factor around Old Trafford, much like Mourinho's regular gripes concerning player availability and post-World Cup scheduling since his squad began preparations for the 2018-19 campaign.
"Unavailable is Romero - he had a surgery after his injury before the World Cup".
"It's not about adding because it's fashionable to sign players, " Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.
Obviously turning the loan deal of Aleksandar Mitrovic into a permanent signing is a big plus given he already has experience of English football and indeed the Premier League, but also signing Alfie Mawson from Swansea, and former Chelsea man Andre Schurrle, are very eyecatching transfers.
'I am happy to keep Harry. The 26-year-old Ayew has been relegated from the Premier League twice in the last three seasons - with Aston Villa in 2015-2016 and Swansea last season. You've been on pre-season, they've been on pre-season and they've had some mixed results, so you haven't been able to watch a team in their flow...
Fresh from a well-deserved break after winning the World Cup with France, Pogba has linked up again with his United team-mates at the Aon Training Complex this week. "I think that's it".
Claude Puel's realistic aim will be to have Leicester finish in the top half of the Premier League this season.
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The move was created to ease disruption in the first few weeks of the campaign after a number of high-profile players including Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk missed matches at the start of last season due to transfer speculation.
Jorginho was Chelsea's first close-season signing as the Italy midfielder followed Sarri from Napoli in a £57-million deal.
An unfortunate 1-1 draw away at Derby County cost them that place in Europe, but the Suffolk side had a wonderful campaign as players like Marcus Stewart, Matt Holland, Richard Wright and Titus Bramble starred. "They just have to play - it doesn't matter if that team plays to be promoted, plays to not be relegated, plays in England, plays outside England - they have to play and that's the most important thing, because for playing bits, playing minutes, to be on the bench, to be a squad player, they can be here".
Their pre-season results has seen them win three, draw four and lose one game as part of a thorough summer programme.
"Nothing special. Now it's serious stuff". I enjoy the last season, the fight to finish where we finished and to manage the best position in five or six years.
"So, when you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it's a lie that repeated 1,000 times is still a lie". If you're a Liverpool fan, then I now tweet you the GIF of Leonardo Di Caprio as The Great Gatsby toasting a glass of champagne with fireworks going off in the background.