Tottenham must demand Juan Mata in exchange for Toby Alderweireld

United's boss, about to begin his third season at the helm at Old Trafford, has cut a disgruntled figure during the summer, apparently unhappy with the club's transfer window activity.

The Portuguese faced criticism of his methods in 2017-18, with the Red Devils considered to have adopted a defensive mindset as they ended the campaign empty-handed.

By contrast, Liverpool are well-placed to hit the ground running ahead of Sunday's kick-off at home to West Ham as Virgil van Dijk, Keita and Fabinho missed out on the World Cup, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane bowed out at the group stage with Egypt and Senegal.

However, they finished 25 points back in the league as Pep Guardiola's men romped to the title with a record 100 points.

Coming in for a world record transfer fee of around £89 million, the World Cup victor took a while to get going back in Manchester, but he did help the club win both the League Cup and the Europa League in his first season back.

Wright continued: 'Liverpool proved last season that they are City's kryptonite, beating them three times - and they've strengthened better than anyone this summer.

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Earlier in the day, Pochettino said: "At the moment we haven't received for any player".

Liverpool will end their 28-year wait for a Premier League title by dethroning Manchester City this season, according to Ian Wright. "Nobody is consistent with 11 players". In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have that until now.

Chelsea shattered the world record fee for a goalkeeper with an 80-million euro (£71.6 million, $92 million) swoop for Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga on Wednesday to replace Belgian worldwide Thibaut Courtois, who has joined European champions Real Madrid. He redeemed himself slightly with solid performances during the World Cup for Colombia, although scoring three goals certainly added to the hype.

Despite finishing second in the Premier League they were a painful 19 points adrift of local rivals Manchester City. Anderson joined the side for £35m and his versatility and pace will be a crucial addition to West Ham's attacking options, whilst he has already found his feet on English turf scoring in the Hammers' 2-1 win against Ipswich Town in pre-season.

The experienced Maurizio Sarri is the latest incumbent in the Chelsea hot seat having replaced Antonio Conte last month.

Perhaps instead, Tottenham should demand to sign Juan Mata in part exchange. He had a decent World Cup with Colombia and suddenly he's on the radar.

  • Lawrence Cooper