With the start of the new season just days away, managers are putting the final touches and slight tweaks on their game plans and line-ups.
However, there still remains some major issues that need to be solved with many of the top clubs in the league.
Manchester United- Last season's champions have had an inconsistent pre-season with some jittery results. However, results are not what new manager David Moyes will be primarily concerned about.
It seems the Scott is still undecided whether he is going to be implementing the 4-3-3 system which he used at Everton or carry on with Sir Alex's tradition of 4-4-1-1. The confusion over which system he will favour also casts doubt over the situation of want-away striker Wayne Rooney; 4-3-3 would not favour the Englishman as the striker would most likely be Robin van Persie, and Rooney has already made clear that he is not keen on playing in a centre midfield role.
The former Everton forward would maybe not be as effective on the wing as the other options Moyes holds. United are also still on the hunt for a combative midfielder to compliment Michael Carrick's sublime eye for pass and quality on the ball, however this role may be filled by Phil Jones, which may be the reason why Moyes is on the hunt for a creative central midfield player, targeting Real's Luke Modric, and Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas.
Manchester City- City's new Chilean manager has been quite busy this summer in recruiting new faces for his side's charge for the Premier League title. The blue side of Manchester have opened their pockets again this summer to secure the signatures of former Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, Spanish winger Jesus Navas, and Brazilian powerhouse Fernandinho to name a few.
Pellegrini has solved a huge problem that limited City's title hopes from last season by adding width in the form of Jesus Navas. At times last season City's play was too narrow, and consequently they played slowly enough for their opposition to recover and form a strong defensive line as the likes of David Silva and Samir Nasri tried to pick a pass. No huge alarm bells at the Etihad, Pellegrini just needs time to gel his side together.
Chelsea- Mourinho has been somewhat the talk of the town since his return to Stamford Bridge. Every fan just felt his arrival couldn't have come sooner, with Premier League managerial icon and legend, Sir Alex Ferguson leaving the game, you just felt the league needed another character to restore the game's excitement.
Mourinho has come in and made some smart additions in the form of £18million signing Andre Schurrle and Dutch maestro Marco van Ginkel for a fee of £9million. However he still hasn't completely solved Chelsea's striker crisis. Romelu Lukaku is an exciting prospect, who is proven at the highest level with 17 goals for WBA on loan last season and Fernando Torres remains something of an enigma; the Spaniard can show flashes of brilliance, however it is unlikely that Mourinho will rely on him for a main source of goals. Demba Ba is a good utility player but it remains unclear whether he will be able to lead the line on a regular basis.
These points are probably the reason why the Blues boss has declared its "Rooney or bust". Chelsea- even without a striker in their prime- still have a squad that has quality in depth, and bar another managerial crisis, should be too strong and consistent for their rivals.
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