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    Every Premier League Club’s Biggest Remaining Transfer Need

    The transfer window is, as they often say, in full swing, but while an initial splurge saw Premier League clubs move quickly to fill gaps in their squads, things have stalled of late. Every team in the division still has work to do regarding weaknesses; every manager must continue to source players for areas in need of improving. Here, uMAXit runs through every club’s biggest remaining need in the transfer market as July creeps to a close. ...

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    Epic 2016-17 Premier League Managerial Meetings To Watch, Part 1

    2016 has been the year of the manager as far as the Premier League is concerned. The incredible overachievement of Claudio Ranieri with Leicester City made abundantly clear the importance of having a coach with an acute tactical sensibility, something only underlined by the immediacy with which Jurgen Klopp turned around Liverpool’s fortunes. This summer, the appointments of former Barcelona and Bayern Munich guru Pep Guardiola by Manchester City and crazy-eyed Italian commandeer Antonio Conte by Chelsea have continued to fuel the fresh managerial narrative. Previously, English football was seen as the home of individualism; the players were Gods, the managers more human. But, with the arrival of master tacticians and the rise of several new coaching personalities, the league now has a new emphasis. In 2016-17, much of the Premier League’s intrigue will emanate primarily from the dugouts. ...

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    The Focus Is On Forwards, But Arsenal Still Desperately Need A New Defender

    Arsenal fans have been so caught up in the hunt for a new striker that they have probably set their defensive requirements to one side. However, Gunners supporters will be reassured by the latest quotes from Arsene Wenger, who insists both ends of the pitch remain in his thoughts when it comes to the transfer market. ...

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    Manchester United’s Pre-Season In 2 Words? ‘Not Ideal’

    If the purpose of a pre-season is to prepare the players for the season ahead, Manchester United’s tour of China isn’t going entirely to plan. Between rain storms, poor quality pitches, high humidity and late nights, United have been suffering over the past week.

    The news on Monday that the showpiece game between United and Manchester City had been called off was the icing on the cake. One calamity has been followed by another, so the confirmation that the pitch wasn't fit to play on shouldn't have come as a surprise. While both Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will have been keen to get the first victory, it is likely both are relieved, given they had separately voiced their concerns about the injuries playing on a substandard pitch might cause. Had the game not been called off, it's likely that one of United's star players would have been injured, to follow the pattern this shambolic pre-season tour has taken so far.

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