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Michael Carrick believes Manchester United are 'on the up' under Jose Mourinho

13 August 2017, 05:10 | Joann Bryant

Paper Round: United need 'two more years' to become top European contender, says Jose Mourinho

Benjamin Mendy of AS Monaco celebrates during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match at the Stage Louis

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that he is facing injury issues ahead of their Premier League opener. We have a very good group.

"I understand the reality of the market, the numbers and my club by doing 75% of what I asked, the club did well".

"It's going to be tough, very tough".

Both they and Manchester City have been accused of recklessly buying their way to success because of the vast sums involved but Mourinho doesn't think it provides any guarantees in itself and says Tottenham, who have not spent anything in this window, are also challengers. There's a gulf between Albion and City.

"I am happy with the effort the club did", the 54-year-old Portuguese said.

"So although it will be hard to get a point or three against Manchester City, it's not impossible".

'I thought about Matic but I never like to go to players where I think it's an impossible mission (to sign them). We are strong defensively and I predict 1-1.

"When this season I got the call that Matic wants to play for me, wants to play for Manchester United and he can make it happen, I thought he's the ideal player for me".

"But as well it would be my first goal with my comeback with a club that has a lot of confidence in me".

"Arsenal and Everton, they are in the Europa League. That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that".

"He's a player who was 29-years-old last week with five years in the Premier League or so".

'When I joined Man United previous year, I thought immediately that we needed a kind of Matic.

"We are in a position to do quality work better than we did in the first season, so I am convinced - it is not just a hope, I am convinced - that our second season, in terms of the quality of our team, is going to be better".

"I have a feeling that we will score early and get a good win against Brighton on Saturday".

"But it is going to finish, it is unsustainable".

Not Manchester United's best player of the Premier League era but one of the most important.

City is most pundits' favorites to win the league title, after finishing 15 points behind champion Chelsea last season. Brighton may not have the spending capabilities of their cash-rich opponents but they did sign promising players, and will hope they live up to their billing in the opening game. He also has the task of bringing on young Phil Foden - who I believe is best young English player in the country.

City have spent more than £200 million on a squad revamp following last season's underwhelming campaign. I am backing him to deliver this time around, though.

Guardiola and Mourinho will have a lot to prove following the amount of money both managers have splashed in this transfer window.

"Last season two were not in Europe".

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