All the defenders that left were in their 30s and Guardiola is excited about the energy and speed that his new signings will bring to the squad. The Portuguese might fairly say that it is all the more forceful against a side as good as Real because of its very contrastingly rudimentary nature, but then the fact remains it still feels like his go-to approach any time United are not winning a game late on. If the manager's general approach is to only allow these occasional bursts, he needs a player that is capable of more of them; of proper prime quality.
An unerring knack of drawing matches they dominated proved their undoing, struggling to break teams down when top goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic was absent or stuttered. We are strong defensively and I predict 1-1. The lack of a credible plan B will hurt the teams chances when the going will get tough towards the end of the season.
The Hammers' pre-season campaign was mixed at best, though very little can, or indeed should be, drawn from a series of preparation games designed for tactics purposes and to test out fitness more than anything else.
Here he picks his Premier League teams to beat, bolter to watch out for and the clubs set for relegation. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that". "We're used to just watching the game and going away quietly, but this time around we could not leave quietly".
Mourinho added: "The challenge is to win more matches than we did, by scoring more or conceding less, I don't know". Losing such a key player would hamper Juergen Klopp's hopes of using his second full season at Anfield to show his upbeat demeanor can be matched with silverware.
"What do you want me to say?"
But who could Mourinho start against West Ham? I think we're in for plenty of goals and a decent City win.
In a year that did not see one of the World Cups, the European Championship or the Copa America, the summer was just another name for agony for football lovers.
Chelsea players celebrate with the English Premier League trophy at the end of the match against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in London on May 21, 2017. It's not hard this season to motivate them to that level.
I see West Ham as a mid-table side looking upwards, but it is asking a lot for them to get anything at Old Trafford.
Of those, 167 were on target, making Cech far busier than his goalkeeping rivals. "It's the same pressure as I had last season".