The 14 biggest opening-day shocks in Premier League history

The 14 biggest opening-day shocks in Premier League history

Hernán Crespo, the former Argentine global who won the English Premier League with Chelsea in 2006, is tipping Romelu Lukaku to fire Manchester United to the title in 2017-18.

Jose Mourinho has prioritised signing a new left-back this summer as Manchester United's next priority in the transfer window, according to reports in the British media.

Merson says he believes they will not have a happy return, arguing that Pep Guardiola's Manchester City will teach them a harsh lesson.

And the Manchester United boss soon turned his focus to Sunday's Premier League opener, where his expensively-assembled side welcome West Ham to Old Trafford. It is unacceptable for them to be so poor at Old Trafford, especially when the relegated Hull City managed to win eight times at their KCom stadium.

"It is not because I have always done it (won the league title in his second season) that I am going to do it again", Mourinho said.

"I think Lukaku is going to do well at United, he's given them a different dimension, but you can't look past Harry Kane".

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Brighton was very convincing in the Championship last season but the step up to the Premier League is a big one.

The two sides met three times last season- twice in the league and once in the League Cup - with United winning two of those games, although this fixture ended in a 1-1 draw.

"I just think that naturally, a manager in the second season knows the players and knows the club better". Craig Burley feels Pep Guardiola's back may be against the wall if he does not win any trophies with Man City this season.

"We have had a better pre-season than previous year and we have the confidence levels of a team that has won a European competition and returned to the Champions League".

"We added three players as you know - one defender, one midfielder and one attacking player, but for this beginning of the season we lost important players too", the former Chelsea manager added. "If he stays fit, he scores goals".

City have spent around £200 million to strengthen their squad in the close-season with other title contenders including Chelsea and Manchester United also spending heavily to bolster their teams. They will need to show maturity in the Champions League matches, especially as United could play Real Madrid, Juventus or Bayern Munich this fall.

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