Manchester United Star Lands Huge Blow On Jose Mourinho

Manchester United Star Lands Huge Blow On Jose Mourinho

Here at The Sportsman we have delved into the record books and found out which of the 20 Premier League clubs kick off their season with a bang, while which clubs open up with a whimper and start life in the top-flight on the back foot.

No great surprise that he gives a predictable top three, Man City to retain their title, followed by big spending Liverpool, then Tottenham.

The United manager had claimed that the shortlist he handed over to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the end of last season went largely ignored.

The Sky Sports Predictor is based on a system called ELO, which was originally set up to rate chess players.

"The manager is obviously not happy about the signings he hasn't been able to make and not having certain players available on their pre-season tour, which isn't nice to hear if you are a young kid trying to make your mark on the fringes of the squad".

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The stats-based Sky Sports Predictor is back for the new season. Despite being quick in making Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant sign on the dotted line earlier this summer, Mourinho's camp have been left frustrated in their pursuit of signing the likes of Harry Maguire, Mina and Jerome Boateng. More incomings are expected at the Old Trafford before Thursday's transfer deadline. Unai Emery took over from Arsene Wenger, while Maurizio Sarri has replaced fellow Italian Antonio Conte at the Stamford Bridge.

Considering the unpredictable nature of the Premier League and the fact that the algorithm doesn't take into account the transfers, these predictions definitely need to be taken with a pinch of salt.

"I just don't see United getting closer to City".

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City face a daunting trip to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, and the reigning champions like their weekend opponents, have won 12 of their opening 20 games in the last two decades, while Liverpool and West Ham United are the only other two teams to have amassed double figures in the win column since the late 1990s.

Speaking to MUFC TV about the chances of World Cup players featuring in the season opener: "Rashford will be in a better situation than today".