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

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Brighton was one of the best teams in the Championship last season and missed out on the trophy by just a point, and manager Chris Hughton will certainly galvanize his troops to make things very tough for the Citizens, who need a top performance to walk out of The Amex with all three points.

Eden Hazard, Pedro Rodriguez, and Tiemoue Bakayoko are injured, striker Diego Costa is estranged, and Conte has a threadbare squad after selling midfield anchorman Nemanja Matic to rival Manchester United and loaning out many of the club's youngsters.

But Press Association Sport understands a legal process is ongoing and there is no appetite to discuss the striker. Alan Shearer is the only player in Premier League history to have been involved in more, with 324.

Liverpool conceded in second-half injury time to draw at Watford 3-3, exposing the defensive weaknesses that blighted the team's title challenge last season. "It will not be easy but we travel to win the game".

Mourinho's side begin their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on Sunday having enjoyed a strong pre-season, winning six out of seven friendlies before losing to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday. "If that is going to mean better results and the title, I don't know".

While Mourinho has welcomed the new signings, he argues that of greater significance is the fact his team will not have their domestic fixture list disrupted by the Europa League this season. Newly-acquired Alvaro Morata proved his value with a textbook run in the box and diving header on a picture perfect Willian cross to pull a goal back.

"This time, we are all in the same basket". He returns as England's and United's record scorer, and with something to prove after spending most of last season on the substitutes' bench.

Rooney is back in blue, and he's also back to his goal-scoring ways.

Guardiola believes the Neymar deal has over-inflated the market to levels that cannot be maintained. "I am ready to fight with these players".

"For large spells of last season, we felt we should have been higher up in the league than we were and performances certainly warranted that for large periods as well".

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