Virgil van Dijk
Nathan Redmond (7)
Mario Lemina (Juventus, £18m), Jan Bednarek (Lech Poznan, £5.7m)
Jay Rodriguez (West Brom, £12m), Jason McCarthy (Barnsley (£200,000), Cuco Martina (Everton, free), Martin Caceres (Verona, free)
For the first time in many season, Saints have not – yet – lost a star name. New manager Pellegrino worked wonders at La Liga’s Alaves.
The absence of skipper Van Dijk, whether temporarily or permanently, casts a considerable shadow. Goalscoring issues have not been fixed and they have been poor in pre-season.
In the absence of any exciting incomings, the onus falls on the likes of Sofiane Boufal to belatedly live up to the enlivening reputation he earned at Lille before last summer’s arrival.
The revolving door of managers keeps spinning at Saints, yet their record of respectable finishes also continues.
The time when change catches up with Southampton seems at hand. If Manolo Gabbiadini does not attain consistency of finishing, a descent down the table awaits.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (17)
Romelu Lukaku (Everton, £90m), Nemanja Matic (Chelsea, £40m), Victor Lindelof (Benfica, £30.7m)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Released), Wayne Rooney (Everton, free), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad, £8m)
Lukaku is a like-for-like replacement who should exceed Ibrahimovic’s goal tally and Matic gives Mourinho the midfield anchor he so desperately craves. Pogba should be more consistent in his second season.
Still lack pace and width in attack and Mourinho doesn’t seem happy with summer business; an unhappy Jose rarely makes for a happy club.
Andreas Pereira is a technically-gifted and versatile midfielder who impressed in pre-season.
Champions League football a minimum, title challenge the ultimate. Neither United or Mourinho are used to feeling irrelevant for long in the title race.
Still one or two players short of matching Chelsea and possibly Man City but if all their major players produce they will surely be in the title mix.
Kevin De Bruyne
Sergio Aguero (20)
Benjamin Mendy (Monaco, £52m), Bernardo Silva (Monaco, £43m), Kyle Walker (Spurs, £45m), Ederson (Benfica, £35m), Danilo (Real Madrid, £26.5m)
Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester, £25m), Fernando (Galatasaray, £4.75m), Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma, £4.5m), Bacary Sagna (released), Gael Clichy (Basaksehir, free), Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham, free)
Full-backs are crucial to Guardiola’s system and the Spaniard has secured massive upgrades in that department.
An untried Ederson in goal, an injury-prone Vincent Kompany and often unconvincing duo John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi points to a soft central defence.
Gabriel Jesus. Injury curtailed the Brazilian last term but expect him to become a bona fide star.
With quality and depth now in abundance, a major title push and a similarly huge leap forward in Europe.
May have to sacrifice one competition but there is no reason why this team should not be lifting some sort of silverware.