The 2018/19 Premier League football returns tonight as Manchester United kick-off the new season by hosting 2015/16 winners Leicester City to Old Trafford tonight.
Here is our we think Jose Mourinho’s men will head into this fixture.
Man United have Sergio Romero ruled out with a knee injury but continues to work his way back to full fitness but David De Gea is certain to start between the sticks tonight against the Foxes and would be hoping to showcase an impressive form after after a disappointing World Cup.
With Antonio Valencia out with with a calf injury and Diogo Dalot recovering from knee surgery, Matteo Darmian should get the nod to start at right-back despite being strongly linked with a move this summer.
Ashley Young would net get to start right-away so Luke Shaw should get a chance to impress at left-back and Shaw will be keen to take it after a frustrating campaign last season.
Another blow for Man United is with Eric Bailly still sideline and they have Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones not fit for this encounter, therefore, we could see Mourinho starting Victor Lindelof in the middle of defence.
In midfield, they also have Nemanja Matic ruled out after undergoing surgery on an abdominal injury that he bagged in Russia while Ander Herrera is also out with a hamstring injury and Marouane Fellaini isn’t match ready yet.
Paul Pogba will be assessed ahead of the game but like all the late World Cup arrivals, the Frenchman isn’t expected to start so Mourinho has limited options in the middle of the park.
Scott McTominay could be given a chance to start alongside Andreas Pereira in midfield with new signing Fred certain to make his Premier League debut after arriving from Shakhtar Donetsk this summer.
Mourinho also has limited options in attack as Romelu Lukaku isn’t expected to be fit enough to start while Marcus Rashford may have to be rushed back to lead the line up front after minimal playing time in pre-season.
There are uncertainties surround Anthony Martial’s future at the club and that aside, the Frenchman won’t be available to start after he missed a large part of pre-season training following the birth of his child.
The good news, however, is that they would have Alexis Sanchez to start against the Foxes and with the Chilean all good to go, he should get the chance to play alongside Juan Mata with Jesse Lingard lacking match fitness.
Here is how we think United will line-up: