Year 2 in Manchester: More Expectation, Spending for Mourinho's United, Guardiola's City

Paul Merson Arsenal Leicester

Manchester City: Ederson: 7, Kyle Walker: 7, Danilo: 7, Vicent Kompany: 6, John Stones: 6, Nicolas Otamendi: 7, Fernandinho: 7, Kevin de Bruyne: 7, Sergio Aguero: 8, Gabriel Jesus: 7, David Silva: 7.

Sergio Aguero was on target as Manchester City denied Brighton any hope of a shock on their Premier League debut.

Guardiola's side have been installed as title favourites but the former Barcelona boss is not taking anything for granted and anticipates a tough start.

"I'm enjoying my football and it's better to play with a smile on your face". "This group of players is going to stay for a long time at Manchester City".

"We attacked too slowly we have to be a little bit quicker and a little bit more precise with more accuracy in our passes".

"This is our first Premier League game and we were playing against the team some think might win the league", he said. We scored two goals, but we created more.

City manager Pep Guardiola will be under pressure from the start after strengthening his squad with five new signings in the transfer window, costing the club some $286 million.

"It's a very disappointed changing room, which shows it means something to them and shows they know that for 70 minutes we were very much in the game".

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It has been another strong showing of City's financial muscle but Guardiola insists the club have only paid market rates and such major rebuilding work is a one-off.

"We were stable, we concede just one shot after one corner and after that nothing happened".

"So although it will be hard to get a point or three against Manchester City, it's not impossible".

In the last of his previews of the new Premier League season, Crystal Palace fan Scott Colvin has given his opinion on who will win the title and which three teams will be relegated.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Chris Hughton or Josep Guardiola?

"The first game of a season is always complicated", he said.

The Seagulls kept 21 clean sheets in last season's Championship, more than any other side.