How Sanchez can lift Mourinho's mood at Man United

Sebastien Bassong celebrates his winner for Tottenham against Liverpool in 2009

Sebastien Bassong celebrates his winner for Tottenham against Liverpool in 2009

But at least Sanchez has given him cause for optimism, scoring against Real Madrid and AC Milan in glamour friendlies, showing the drive, determination and decisiveness of old.

We begin October with a double header as Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez resume hostilities in Manchester United v Newcastle United (Saturday, October 6th, 5.30pm), before Fulham take on Arsenal (Sunday, October 7th, 12pm).

In fact, it was Manchester City's 2013/14 victory that was the last time the race for the title went down to the last day, which certain critics have pointed out has made a mockery of the Premier League claiming to be the most exciting domestic competition in the World.

Mauricio Pochettino's side finished a lofty third a year ago, but Wright is expecting things to be a lot more hard for them this time around.

The Reds beat City on three occasions last season, once in the Premier League and twice in the Champions League quarter-finals. From next season it will be quicker, much slicker, and we will be closer to cracking the communication to make sure fans in the stadium and at home know what is going on.

Most of the big European leagues see their transfer windows close on 31 August. "You've got people coming back off the back of good World Cups, the spirits are high, so everyone is looking forward to it and this could be a good season for United". However, I just think this team is lacking the attacking flair and a prolific striker, with Troy Deeney struggling to recreate his early Premier League form. "What we are working on is the depth of the squad because you need it".

The Manchester City boss said after the weekend win over Chelsea in the Community Shield that he was hoping to bring in one more central midfielder before the deadline - a player who could cover for Fernandinho.

Although Maurizio Sarri's new Chelsea isn't expected to move for another transfer, a potential Thibaut Courtois move to Real Madrid would see the Blues moving for his replacement, now thought to be Kepa Arrizabalaga.

On Ings' future specifically, he added: "It's all open, what can I say?"

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