But after two windows I have a good group and a football club much better equipped. Brighton will be making its Premier League debut after earning its spot with a 93-point performance in the EFL Championship last season. He's made history everywhere with Porto, Inter and now he can do it with Manchester United.
"Matic knows very well what I think about him - the importance for me about this player, who is a really good player, a top player, very important for our team", he told Sky Sports.
Manchester United have only added three players so far this summer, apparently to Jose Mourinho's frustration, but Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic will still cost them more than £160m combined.
Will Antonio Conte and his Chelsea team retain their title glory for a second season, or will they concentrate on a competition they were left out of last season?
The squad is surprisingly small, given the number of players Chelsea have loaned out to other clubs, and the departure of Matic leaves manager Antonio Conte hoping France's Tiemoue Bakayoko can quickly adapt after his arrival from Monaco.
After only finishing sixth previous year, England's most decorated football club will be looking to get back into the top four, and mount a serious title charge for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club.
The 29-year-old Mexican, known as "Chicharito" (Little Pea), was a crowd favourite during his five years at United, scoring 59 goals for the club and playing a part in two league title successes.
"A lot of the trouble was created by my own situation". I want the Champions League to start. "The trend has always to come from the team".
Manchester United and West Ham United begin their 2017/18 Premier League campaign with a meeting at Old Trafford on Sunday to round off the opening weekend of action.
Liverpool, trying to fend off Barcelona's interest in £100 million-rated forward Philippe Coutinho, are at Watford.
The merits of that cautious approach should become clear throughout a fascinating season that serves as a referendum on the go for broke era.
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Neither Bravo nor his replacement Willy Caballero, now of Chelsea , made it into the top 21 goalkeepers for saves in 2016-17. His passing in the final third is arguably the best in the division, and he's the key to unlocking Sane and Sterling.