Phil Neville: Manchester United's title bid strengthened by signing of Nemanja Matic

Phil Neville: Manchester United's title bid strengthened by signing of Nemanja Matic

The big story of Thursday's papers is an "explosive" interview of a Premier League "top-six star" by The Sun, the identity of who was not known at the time of writing.

He is set to mark his debut for his new side in next Sunday's Premier League encounter against Brighton at the AMEX Stadium.

Former Liverpool and Newcastle United striker Michael Owen has predicted on that Manchester United will win against West Ham United this weekend. "The first season we came second and got to the Champions League semifinal, and I knew I needed to come back and win with Chelsea".

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had an answer, pointing to Chelsea sending numerous players out on loan, while former England captain turned pundit Alan Shearer said there was "something brewing which isn't nice" at Stamford Bridge.

"If I was reincarnated as a player, I'd like to be like him". "I think we just have to accept it and move on".

But despite the scale of the task facing Conte and his players after a frustrating transfer window, Lampard remains confident they can retain their title.

Chelsea's Alvaro Morata scores every 145 minutes on average
Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata scores every 145 minutes on average

"At the end of the game the boys were disappointed that we didn't win".

The Merseyside club has added two promising English players in goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland and defender Michael Keane from Burnley, while Koeman looked closer to home to sign Netherlands midfielder Davy Klaassen from Ajax.

City still appears too dependent on Vincent Kompany, its injury-prone center back and captain, while a new holding midfielder to replace 34-year-old Yaya Toure will probably be Guardiola's priority next summer.

"Some of the transfer fees are insane but it shows how good these players are".

Ibrahim told of how his son has an upcoming trial at United's Premier League rivals Southampton and had made a special promise to his father after being handed the medal. "We solved a lot in this summer, and for this reason it's very important to try to improve our squad because we have one more competition". If they want to be the biggest club in the world - as they claim to be - United needs to be challenging for the Premier League title season in, season out. I congratulated him and said that I'm very happy for him, that Stoke isn't that far away and that we can see each other. Mourinho is right that with smaller clubs backed by increasingly large resources, there is a wider context to the transfer market and it's no longer just about which club has the best reputation.