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Jose Mourinho hoping to continue second-season success record with Manchester United

Jose Mourinho hoping to continue second-season success record with Manchester United”

Pep Guardiola promised Manchester City would rein in its unprecedented levels of spending after overseeing an outlay of approaching $500 million in his first year in charge.

The former Sweden striker was United's top scorer last season, hitting 28 goals as they won the Europa League, the League Cup and the Community Shield.

One of the Sky Blues' current key weaknesses is in central defence, where John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi have yet to convince.

Despite making such significant investments, Guardiola claimed City have actually saved money by getting the majority of their transfer business done earlier in the close season.

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As one of the most successful football managers in the new millennium, Guardiola will have been disappointed that he didn't pick up a piece of silverware for the first time in his managerial career in his first season in England. "I don't think I am in a position of moaning, crying, contesting or saying I am not happy". We didn't have full-backs and you have to buy full-backs.

"It started with Real Madrid and Ronaldo going for £80 million and then Bale for £85 million and everything went more expensive".

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CHRIS J RATCLIFFE GettyImages

"We are going to play both systems".

City certainly haven't let up in the transfer window with numerous players going in and out of the Etihad Stadium in the summer months, with a number of familiar faces been replaced by a new roster of new faces.

But the solution is not changing players every season.

Having finished seven points behind Chelsea, Spurs have yet to make a single signing, and Walker's sale to City and a season playing their home games at Wembley adds to Pochettino's problems.

"I understand the reality of the market, the numbers and my club by doing 75 per cent of what I asked, the club did well. My friends had helped me to come up with it as a tribute to her", he explained.

"We know it's going to be a special day because it's the first Premier League game at the Amex, and the first Premier League game for the club". I feel the same pressure at Barcelona when I arrived. We are not desperate to have it (a deal) done or not.

"It's not something urgent, that we are desperate to have it done or not done, I just think that he was very clear by showing what he did previous year was not enough for him".



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