We're buying three more players - Guardiola

We're buying three more players - Guardiola

He was at a heaving Withdean in 2008, when then League One Brighton turfed Premier League City, who had just been taken over by the Abu Dhabi group, out of the League Cup on penalties: "The shoot out was great".

"I think that many players, just like me, feel a strong desire to play in the Premier League". His bosses, City's Abu Dhabi-based hierarchy rather than the Catalan axis of chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain, will not be quite so understanding and accepting of failure if major silverware is not delivered this season.

As for City, it's been a mad summer in the market as they've shelled out almost £160 million on three full-backs: Danilo, Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker. And despite going down in the derby, they have looked a lot more fluid than Mourinho's men.

"But what the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City can do, they can do that and good luck to them. Then we have got to adapt to their style of play", says Brighton midfielder Steve Sidwell.

"The fundamentals are completely the same".

When the Goldstone was sold in 1997, Albion spent two desperate years at Gillingham - a 150 mile round trip for fans - and then a dozen at the Withdean Stadium, an athletics track, before they finally found a home of their own again. The Frenchman will be on the bench, but his participation in the game should be minimal.

He has scored in his last six Premier League away games - the record in the division is Robin van Persie's total of nine in 2011.

While it's always hard to call a winner in England (especially post the Fergie era), I'm going out on a limb and saying that the combination of Mourinho's second season, Romelu Lukaku's hunger to show he belongs and Nemanja Matic's will-to-kill will lead Manchester United to the top of the pile this time around. But then we won at Nottingham Forest (who were then European champions), gained some confidence, put some runs together, and finished well clear of the relegation zone. "I am pleased with the business City have done in the transfer window so far". Manchester is a bit different from the city I used to live in - it's colder!

Guardiola, a former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager, has yet to win a trophy since taking charge of City at the start of last season.

"It´s going to be tough, very tough".

Gabriel Jesus hopes competition between himself and Sergio Aguero can drive Manchester City towards success this season. It's fair to say that a lot has changed in football since their last top flight appearance in 1983, and Manchester City are one of those things.

Still, it would be a surprise if the title didn't return to the north-west, although not necessarily to Old Trafford. Delight that the owners have been willing to offer big bucks for Jurgen Klopp's targets has been tempered by not landing them.

Sergio Aguero has five goals in six previous opening-day matches for Man City.

"I think he must, too".