In fact, as many as nine Premier League teams broke their club record this summer despite Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs not breaking theirs this summer. "I'm not confident and the market closes today so it is time, at least for me, to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed, so I will have to focus on the players I have".
United manager Jose Mourinho, entering his third season at Old Trafford, has looked like a Bassett Hound for most of the summer, predicting a "difficult season" for a team which finished second in May.
Jose Mourinho has repeatedly expressed his desire to strengthen Manchester United's defence after they finished second in the Premier League last term.
"Nothing will happen before the transfer window shuts?"
'It is hard for me to understand we finish second which I keep saying, that I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game'.
When asked if he was happy for City to be favourites, he said: "Since nine years I live with that situation, it's no problem".
United play their first Premier League match of the season against Leicester on Friday at Old Trafford.
José Mourinho does not expect any Manchester United deadline-day signings
Former Premier League striker Alan Shearer has made his prediction for the 2018/19 season and told BBC Sport he expects Manchester City to retain the title . "I'm very happy with the team I have".
However, a move did not materialise and Mourinho must now work with the same central defensive setup as he did last season.
Mourinho had plenty of praise for Pogba, who is not yet at full fitness following France's World Cup win.
Guardiola says key players Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are both available to face Arsenal on Sunday, after returning to training on Monday following their respective runs to the World Cup semi-finals with Belgium and England.
"Because it is very important how they feel and to understand how they think they can help or not help".
"It will be a hard season for everybody, not just for us".
"Since nine years, every season - except the first when I arrived at Barcelona". It is hard for me to understand we finish second.