Manchester United face Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday by 4pm, hoping to inflict more pain on the Amex Stadium outfits, who lost their first match of the season to Watford last Saturday.
José Mourinho has had a week filled with reports of his unhealthy relationship with Paul Pogba but the manager will need to shake that off and prepare for Brighton’s challenge.
The Red Devils are going to be without the services of some key players including Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and second-choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
Antonio Martial, who could still leave Old Trafford this summer, is set for another benching role, while young England striker Marcus Rashford could be pushed to the bench due to Romelu Lukaku’s return.
New boy Diogo Dalot is still out injured due to the knee injury he picked up in pre-season and he is set to miss some matches, including Sunday’s game.
England international players Chris Smalling, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are back from world cup break but none of them are expected to make the Portuguese starting XI against the Seagulls.
Undoubtedly, David De Gea will be in goal while Eric Bailly, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof are all set to feature at the back of the pitch
‘unhappy’ Pogba, Fred and Pereira are all set to maintain their place in the midfield.
Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata and world cup returnee Romelu Lukaku are expected to complete the front three attack.
See Manchester United’s predicted Line-up in a 4-3-3 formation below :
De Gea ; Young, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw ; Fred, Pereira, Pogba; Mata, Lukaku, Sanchez.