2018/19 season is going on with Manchester United at Leicester City on Old Trafford Friday.
United boss Jose Mourinho, entering his third season at Old Trafford, has looked like a Bassett Hound for most of the summer and predicts a "hard season" for a team completed in May.
Not enough money has been spent, Portuguese said, having seen three players in their team this summer – Brazil's midfielder Fred for $ 60 million, Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot ($ 24 million) and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant (2 million dollar).
"The other clubs who compete with us are really strong and already have great teams. Or they are massively investing like Liverpool, who buys everything and everyone," told Mourinho MUTV after his team 1
"If we do not make our team better, it will be a difficult season for us."
So sad, Mourinho has been in the off season as former Premier League striker Chris Sutton has predicted that former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Chelsea boss have gone through the Old Trafford exit at Christmas.
"He has almost become a caricature"
The Portuguese has been critical of his players this summer; question the captain Antonio Valencia's fitness and the length of Anthony Martial's absence from the summer tour after his other children were born.
How could Alexis Sanchez, the league's top service player, be pleased with the players around him, asked Mourinho during the latest US tour, dismissing the quality of younger team members who filled the void left by the 13 older players who recovered from the World Cup.
He also said he would not have paid to see his team's money-spinning friendly, which United lost 4-1 against Liverpool at the International Champions Cup in Michigan Stadium.
Mourinho's outbreak has led many to ask if this is the beginning of what is called his "third season syndrome", a nod to the manager's outbreak in his third season at Real and Chelsea (second stint) which eventually led to losing him his job.
The author and award-winning journalist Mike Calvin describes Mourinho's behavior this summer as "bizarre".
"The fact that he comes out and is so openly negative goes beyond the games we've expected," Calvin tells CNN Sport.
"When Mourinho started [his career] there was a life force about him, an intelligence, a cruel list and everything had an agenda, Calvin continues."
"Now he seems to be almost a caricature of himself. He is still a great coach, but it's almost as if the lights have gone out to his eyes to some extent. When it says, they do not stand the title challenger. "
Liverpool will challenge City & # 39;
has been relatively quiet on the transfer market this summer but Mourinho's net pay as the United boss is estimated at $ 389 million, just Manchester City (£ 500 million) spent more.
But maybe watching rivals Liverpool spend heavily during the summer transfer window, strengthening a troupe that reached the Champions League final in June, has added Mourinho's ire.  It is surprising that 55-year-olds have directed some verbal arrows against Reds.
But Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that after his $ 219 million summer spending he has not used the Premier League club more in the near season. Winning trophies are the "next step" for their team.