Lanzini and Antonio were arguably West Ham's best attacking players last season.
"I am going to play football, which is something I was fighting for since I was a kid, and then we will see what happens".
The eyes may be focused on City's attack when the season gets underway at the Amex, but it's the defence that needs to answer the most questions.
Arsenal and Leicester raised the curtain on the new season last night at the Emirates, but for most fans today really signals the start of the top-flight campaign.
Brighton are currently third in the Premier League table, thanks to alphabetical order. Other new signings include Davy Pröpper (transfer, PSV Eindhoven) and Izzy Brown (loan, Chelsea). Liverpool, trying to fend off Barcelona's interest in £100 million-rated forward Philippe Coutinho, are at Watford.
"Of course we tried to buy good defenders to defend the duels, good situations".
"You would applaud that but those players aren't even at the club now". The Merseysiders obliged, but United found Hammers goalkeeper Ludek Miklosko in inspired form, with Andrew Cole famously denied on several occasions.
Player transfers also help shape the opinion of fans and the media towards a respective club. Kayal will be out for 12 weeks with a leg injury.
Jesus' arrival from Palmeiras in January threatened to spark a title charge for City as the Brazil striker netted three times in his first two Premier League starts. The ground reality, however, is quite different.
This reflected poorly on the likes of Jonathan Calleri and Simone Zaza so a starting and fired up Javier Hernandez has to make an impact. Joe Hart is on loan to West Ham United.
"I must now repay that back by putting in some good performances for the club".
The 1-1 score-line is fairly unremarkable, but it was a clash that decided the fate of that season's Premier League title after United missed their chance to overtake Blackburn on the final day. United are one of the favourites to lift the trophy this time, despite finishing sixth and 24 points behind Chelsea last term. David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne, and Leroy Sané would take their post on the wings. The group of players are going to stay here for a long time. With a full preseason under his belt with his new club, he will be a tantalizing prospect. His team were on top but created little of note before being punished by the plucky underdog. The last defeat came before the previous meeting with Brighton, albeit only by a few weeks, as City went down 4-2 to Aston Villa in 2008.
The Mexican striker returns to Old Trafford on Sunday and the warm reception Chicharito will receive suggests he will surely have an impact on the game. A trip to Brighton should be an opening day win - but history suggests it will be far from easy. He joined the Bundesliga side after a one year loan spell at Real Madrid, which followed four years at Manchester United.
"United were crying out for a central midfielder with the qualities of Nemanja Matic". If Albion unravels early, expect The Sky Blues to pounce.