Chris Smalling: Manchester United will cope better with high-pressure situations this season

Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho were opponents on the opening day in 2014

Potentially their best signing, Jefferson Lerma can be a big player for Bournemouth sitting in front of the defense, certainly a solid addition. Although they managed to keep their manager and their players first-team players which is a huge positive, they haven't made the squad any better.

"My view is that, first of all, is hard for me to believe we finished second", he said.

Former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit believes Liverpool will win the Premier League title this season. While City have been relatively quiet in the transfer market, adding only Riyad Mahrez to their already powerful squad, the Gunners have entered a new era under coach Unai Emery, who was busy in the transfer market addressing their shortcomings with the signing of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Matteo Guendouzi, Bern Leno and Lucas Torreira.

Tottenham did provide the most players to the World Cup semi-finalists.

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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. "With Premier League clubs' aggregate revenues forecast to reach £5 billion in 2018/19, clubs can well-afford to significantly invest in on-pitch talent in the quest for both success and survival", he commented. Maurizio Sarri replaced another Italian, Antonio Conte, and will have to deal with a Chelsea without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who forced a transfer to Real Madrid this week.

As the Premier League's transfer window closed Thursday, the top title contenders have now completed their squad building until January. Striker Harry Kane committed his future to Tottenham before heading to the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation and finishing as the top-scorer as England reached the semi-finals.

Manchester United, meanwhile, will also be hoping to be one of the main contenders for the title, with the Red Devils having ended up in second place and without a trophy last season.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, Arsenal's Gabon forward Pierre Emerick Aubamayang, Liverpool's African strikers Saido Mane and Mohammed Salah, Manchester City's Brazilian Jesus are some of the exciting players to watch this season.

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