Four clubs spend 40% of Premier League's £1.2bn outlay

Adjust Comment Print

Premier League legend Alan Shearer has warned not to write off Manchester United's title chances, despite Jose Mourinho's despondent mood this summer.

"The gap is just too big to bridge for any of the teams below, but I do think it will be closer and I think Liverpool will be the team providing the main competition", Le Tissier told Sky Sports.

"So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to these first couple of matches - maybe three matches because after Spurs (and Burnley on August 27 and September 1 respectively) there is (a) national team (break) and a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare people better". "The information I have is no", he replied matter-of-factly.

The highest-spending clubs were Liverpool (£165m), Chelsea (£120m), Fulham (£105m) and Leicester City (£100m), representing around 40% of the aggregate gross player transfer expenditure by Premier League clubs.

"My view is that first of all it is hard for me to believe that we finished second when I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do", the United boss said.

"They returned on Monday". "The list of injured players is an important list and, after training, I will speak with that group of [World Cup] players because everybody is different, physically and mentally, to see how they feel they are and to understand how they can help or not help". It is hard for me to understand we finish second.

"Since nine years, every season - except the first when I arrived at Barcelona".

"I said many times, we can not spend every season what we spent last season".

Millions of dollars have been spent, mind games have already begun and fan optimism is at its peak which can only mean one thing - the English Premier League is about to raise the curtain on another campaign which promises to be full of intrigue.

"I told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat and maybe tomorrow the reaction is the same: Pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, as simple as that".

Comments