"I left Manchester City at the end of last season in a good place and I wanted to pick up where we left off".
But no team has successfully defended the Premier League title since Manchester United in 2008 and 2009, while City were unable to maintain the standards of their 2012 and 2014 title wins in the campaigns that followed.
The 20-year-old becomes the sixth player to depart United on a temporary deal this summer, while others could follow given the window for European leagues remains open and English Football League teams can still acquire loan players.
Despite the drop in the gross figure, the net spend by Premier League clubs to this point is a record £865m - inflated by a busy deadline day for the likes of Fulham, with five signings, and Everton whose additions included Barcelona pair Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes.
"It is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying, and it is sometimes hard to believe".
By bringing on McTominay - and by starting Pereira, Pogba and Rashford - Mourinho ensured that United's academy graduates have played more minutes in just one game of the new Premier League season than their rivals Manchester City's youth players did in the entirety of the 2017/18 season.
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Amalija Knavs had harvested onions on her family's farm, then worked in a textile factory, and sewed her two daughters' clothes. Although Melania started from humble roots, she launched a successful modeling career prior to her marriage to the president.
Guardiola was pleased to confirm a major double injury boost with the news that Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne are both available for selection this weekend.
"The players from previous year are responsible for the excitement, and then we brought in a few new players as an icing on the cake", said Klopp on the club's promising pre-season tour in the States.
"I'm going to enjoy this season". I like playing with them.
United have endured a hard pre-season period full of fitness and transfer frustrations, but won their opening game in each of the last three EPL seasons.
Chelsea shattered the world record fee for a goalkeeper with an 80-million euro (£71.6 million, $92 million) swoop for Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga on Wednesday to replace Belgian worldwide Thibaut Courtois, who has joined European champions Real Madrid. "The Reds look to have improved in a number of key areas this season and the signing of Brazilian keeper Alisson could be the last piece in the jigsaw". It's all good. He's settled really quick, as if he's been here longer than two weeks.