Mourinho To Start Zlatan & Bailly: Predicted Man Utd Starting XI To Face Leicester

By on August 6, 2016

FA Cup winners Manchester United will take on Premier League champions Leicester City in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday afternoon. 

Here is the side I think Jose Mourinho will pick for his first competitive game in charge:

Goalkeeper: David de Gea is certain to keep his place as Mourinho’s No.1. No question.

Defence: Summer signing Eric Bailly has impressed in pre-season so I expect the young Ivorian international to be given the nod ahead of Daley Blind tomorrow. Mourinho has confirmed that Chris Smalling is available after recovering from a minor injury and the England international needs minutes ahead of the new season so I expect him to play at least the first half.

Luke Shaw will start at left-back as he looks to kick-start his United career following a nasty leg break last season while Antonio Valencia is favourite to start at right-back ahead of Matteo Darmian and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Midfield: Mourinho has been favouring Ander Herrera alongside Michael Carrick in pre-season and until a certain French international’s move to Old Trafford is confirmed, I think this will be the chosen partnership in midfield.

Morgan Schneiderlin will offer an option from the bench but we’re unlikely to see Bastian Schweinsteiger as he’s been told he’s free to find a new club this summer.

Attack: Wayne Rooney is expected to be deployed in the No.10 role behind Swedish sensation Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Marus Rashford could start in a wide right role with Anthony Martial on the left. Summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryn is likely to be on the bench along with the likes of Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard.

Here is how we think United will line-up:


What team would you like to see start the game?


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