Chris Smalling: Manchester United will cope better with high-pressure situations this season

The transfer market can be a chaotic but occasionally rather predictable place

The transfer market can be a chaotic but occasionally rather predictable place

The Gunners, under their new manager, Unai Emery, have made quite a few interesting signings.

Three injury tables take centre position in the middle of the dressing room with the players' allocated positions all set to face manager Jose Mourinho's monitor, from where the Portuguese coach will be most likely bark his instructions as he strives to gain Manchester United's first title in six seasons.

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"Equally, it appears to have removed the element of panic-buying, whereby a club may have a poor start to the season and think "we've got to go out and spend to safeguard our future in the Premier League".

'So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to these first couple of matches.

Liverpool have spent over £170m on four signings while Manchester City broke their transfer record with the £60m signing of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester.

"My view is that first of all it is hard for me to believe we finished second", said Mourinho ahead of his side's Premier League opener against Leicester.

"It is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying, and it is sometimes hard to believe".

"It is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying".

United have endured a hard pre-season period full of fitness and transfer frustrations, but won their opening game in each of the last three EPL seasons.

Meanwhile, Claude Puel's Leicester City does not have as many personnel issues as Mourinho but key players, Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire, did return late to training following their World Cup exploits.

"I told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat and maybe tomorrow the reaction is the same: Pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, as simple as that".

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