City's first choice XI is pretty much impossible to predict right now (but we're going to have a go anyway) and we'll also take a look at how the team might set out by the time the window shuts at the end of August.
"We have had a better pre-season than previous year and we have the confidence levels of a team that has won a European competition and returned to the Champions League".
"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season", Guardiola said Friday on the eve of his side's opening game of the new Premier League season at promoted Brighton and Hove Albion.
"There is no guarantee but naturally a manager in his second season knows the club and the players better".
"I have a feeling that we will score early and get a good win against Brighton on Saturday".
"I don't think I'm in a position of crying, moaning, protesting".
Likewise the new world's most expensive goalkeeper Ederson is likely to be Guardiola's number one this season after the Claudio Bravo disaster.
José Mourinho believes Manchester United can win the title, despite starting the season at a similar level to last summer - with the arrivals of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof offset by injuries to Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young. I saw him on the TV last season, but it will depend on how he and the other players adjust to the Premier League. I´m going to be courageous and say the game will finish 4-0. "The group of players this season are going to stay here for a long time". Manchester is a bit different from the city I used to live in - it's colder! The pressure it's never a big problem.
United scored the least goals of the seven teams to qualify for Europe from the Premier League last season at 54, 32 fewer than the highest in Tottenham. I'm honest in my job.
The Portuguese coach had made no secret of his desire to bring in four new faces before the new season started, wanting a striker, centre-back, midfielder and wide-man. I feel the same pressure at Barcelona when I arrived. But then there was in 2008 when we were a League One side, City were newly-crowned the "world´s richest club" already with many star players - and we beat them in the League Cup at our humble Withdean Stadium home.