4-3-3: New Signing Makes Debut But 11 Miss Out | Expected Man Utd XI vs Leicester

By on August 10, 2018

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Premier League football returns tonight as Manchester United kick-off the 2018/19 campaign by welcoming Leicester City to Old Trafford.

Here is the line-up I think Jose Mourinho will go with:

Goalkeeper: Sergio Romero is ruled out as he continues to work his way back to full fitness following knee surgery but David De Gea is certain to start between the sticks tonight. United will be hoping to reproduces the same form he showed last season after a disappointing World Cup.

Defence: Mourinho will be without Antonio Valencia due to a calf injury that he picked up in pre-season while summer signing Diogo Dalot is recovering from knee surgery so Matteo Darmian is set to start at right-back despite being strongly linked with a move this summer.

Ashley Young isn’t fit to start just yet after only returning to pre-season training earlier this week so Luke Shaw should get a chance to impress at left-back and he’ll be desperate to take it after a frustrating campaign last season.

Eric Bailly is hoping to recover from a knock to start at the back and with Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones lacking match fitness we could see Victor Lindelof line-up in the middle of defence.

Midfield: Nemanja Matic has been ruled out after undergoing surgery on an abdominal injury that he sustained in Russia while Ander Herrera is also out with a hamstring injury and Marouane Fellaini isn’t match ready yet.

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Paul Pogba will be assessed ahead of the game but like all the late World Cup arrivals he isn’t expected to start so Mourinho has limited options in the middle of the park.

Scott McTominay could be given a start alongside Andreas Pereira in midfield with new signing Fred certain to make his Premier League debut after arriving from Shakhtar Donetsk this summer.

Attack: Mourinho has limited options in attack as Romelu Lukaku isn’t expected to be fit enough to start so Marcus Rashford may have to be rushed back to lead the line up front after minimal playing time in pre-season.

The uncertainty surrounding Anthony Martial doesn’t help Mourinho’s issues up front and the Frenchman won’t be available to start after missing a large part of pre-season training following the birth of his child.

The good news is Alexis Sanchez has enjoyed a full pre-season and is raring to go so the Chilean international is certain to start in attack tonight and he should be joined by Juan Mata with Jesse Lingard lacking match fitness.

Here is how we think United will line-up:

So Mourinho goes in to tonight’s game with 6 players injured and 5 not deemed fit enough to start so he’s expected to be without 11 possible starters for the opening game of the season, which is a nightmare situation.

Fortunately for United they have a large squad and they can still put out a competitive team which is more than capable of getting all three points at Old Trafford against Leicester.

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9 Comments

  1. Steve Harrison

    August 10, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Leicester won’t fear that team and will win the midfield battle, making it impossible for United to win.

    Reality is if you don’t win the midfield then you won’t win any game and our midfield is far better than yours in this line up. I’d be worried if I were a United fan, I don’t fear that side at all.

  2. markos

    August 10, 2018 at 9:48 am

    The only problem for Manchester united is the manager is not the right person to lead the team as will as to play attractive football. He is the only manager on earth criticizing his players for his fault.

  3. Milan

    August 10, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Millions of United fans are totally disappointed in this transition period. They predict the club’s terrible season. Unfortunately, our legends, Scholes and Ferdinand. On the other hand, Mourinho has a life chance to show he is a great coach even without big transfers. It is precisely this transfer defeat that the whole team could coalesce and respond to all the critics who consider us outsiders in the top 4 fight! Let’s show everyone that Manchester UNITED still lives !!!

  4. stan heard

    August 10, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    ed woodhead 3 managers 0 moyes had no joy in transfers due to woodhead van gallsame problem now marino ditto so who is the problem??????????? woodward brilliant comercial management makes loads of money for the double glaziers american ar! licker woodhead football not gt a clue .who should go upstairs office? got it in one …ed woodhead

  5. Adamu Abdulrahman

    August 10, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Am very disappointed with mourinho. I don’t like him, neither do i want to see him as man united manager. He doesn’t know who is player, even though he sign messi he can still critize him. So let sack him before he destroy man united squad.

  6. Chalo robin

    August 10, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Man u kichapo itapokea!!!!!

  7. Chalo robin

    August 10, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    I don’t like morinho, if i was woodward i was to sack him out and bring zidane as new manager.

  8. Basri

    August 10, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    If I were Mourinho, I would love the capable youngster like Tahith, Gomez, Pereira a chance to have that experience. See what Ferguson did last time to Scholes, Beckham, the Neviles blend with like Cantona, Hughes, kanchelkis.. Bring back the style n glory in the early 90s

  9. Samaila Daniel Akawu

    August 11, 2018 at 4:19 am

    I Think The Problem Which We Are Facing Now Is The Manager Mourinho, He Always Critized Player And We Should’ng Be Suprice He May Say, Their Performances In The Opening Of The Epl Was Very Poor. If There Should Be Any Way Mourinho Should Be Sack Before He Destroy Our Team.

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