Tottenham stands pat during a busy Premier League transfer window

Tottenham stands pat during a busy Premier League transfer window

Tottenham stands pat during a busy Premier League transfer window

"For many years I have dreamed about working in the Premier League and we are here, Wolves are in the Premier League".

Just 10 days ago the Portuguese spoke of his confidence that United would get at least one of those deals over the line, but that now looks increasingly unlikely as Thursday's 5pm deadline comes into sight.

The blue side of Manchester smashed at least 11 league records previous year on its way to the trophy, including most points - the first time a team hit 100 points in England's top league - the biggest title-winning margin and the earliest title success.

Less than a month into the Chelsea job and many of his returning for pre-season late, Maurizio Sarri will look for a good start to the season against David Wagner's Huddersfield Town.

"I'm looking forward to going out there and playing for Cardiff City in the Premier League". "It is time for me to stop thinking about the market", he said.

In contrast, Liverpool's rivals United had an underwhelming summer with Brazilian midfielder Fred the most notable signing despite missing out on the title by 19 points last season.

'We can not make the mistake of thinking that the next time it will be easier.

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Whatever the explanation, the lack of new faces compounds issues surrounding the United squad heading into the Premier League season.

Antonio Valencia and midfielders Nemanja Matic and Andre Herrera are among those absent for the Premier League opener against Leicester on Friday (20:00 BST).

Pogba played a huge part in Les Bleus' first triumph since 1998, bossing the midfield as his team downed the likes of Argentina, Uruguay, Belgium and Croatia on the way to glory.

"They returned on Monday", he said.

"Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (to prepare) is not enough".

Maguire and Leicester's main goal threat, Jamie Vardy, may not start having just returned to pre-season training this week after their exertions in Russian Federation. He is a boy I took last season from Brazil and we did everything to bring him to this club too. "We have to wait until the end of November to understand if we can fight for the title".

Chelsea and Arsenal missed out on the Champions League this year after finishing fifth and sixth respectively last season.

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