But Ilkay's comeback is nearly here, and according to Guardiola Gundogan could make his return as early as City's friendly with Girona scheduled for next week, depending on what the doctors say. Moreover, there have been recently constant reports suggesting Bale's departure from the Spanish capital, amid links to the Premier League giants.
Arsenal have kept hold of their Chile forward Alexis Sanchez but he will be missing for the opening match of the season on Friday against visitors Leicester City, whose key player Riyad Mahrez has also been the subject of transfer speculation.
The 35-year-old free agent, who scored 28 goals for the club last season, is battling back to fitness after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in April, though, and Mourinho insisted there is no rush to get a deal done. Crystal Palace is +50000 to win its first EPL championship after finishing 14th last season. "But the football club is one thing and the team's credentials going into a competition are another thing entirely". Yes, they've lost some players too, but they still have the prolific Sergio Aguero and have a squad capable of challenging in the Premier League and Champions League.
Despite ending last season on a high thanks to their FA Cup triumph against Chelsea, divisions still run deep at Arsenal over Arsene Wenger's lack of success in the Premier League and Europe over the last 13 years. Let the season get underway and we'll find out soon enough.
The latter silverware gained Manchester United entrance back into the Champions League for this season, and allowed Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward to make some big signings for his club. But any silverware will do at this point for fans of the club: Tottenham have not won a trophy since the 2008 League Cup.More news: Mourinho eyes second season glory with United
"We are much better organised in the areas that support the first-team squad".
United started with a back three against Real Madrid but looked better after they moved to a back four in the second half.
"I understand the reality of the market, the numbers and my club by doing 75 per cent of what I asked, the club did well".
"He's very similar to Carrick as a midfielder, but what he brings that Michael doesn't is a little bit of aggression".
West Ham United is a +1100 underdog versus Manchester United (-333) with a draw at +475.