Manchester United celebrates its new Premier League campaign tonight as it hosts Leicester – and Jose Mourinho has no six players from the first team. The United boss confirmed in his pre-match press conference that misses the midfield duo Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera, as well as defenders Antonio Valencia, Diogo Dalto and Marcos Rojo. Even Sergio Romero is excluded, but David de Gea is available, so there is no problem with Mourinho in the goalkeepers department. All United World Cup players have also returned to training this week, which means that Mourinho can call Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku if he chooses. However, it could be a sort of risk to start them as they lost pre-season training as they recovered from their World Cup campaigns. Here's who our writers should think. Rich Fay After a disappointing end of the pre-season, Mourinho will try to start the big season against a team that has highlighted their defensive vulnerabilities last season. Leicester's rhythm needs a versatile center-back partnership with Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling, perhaps the most knowledgeable offer. Luke Shaw should have his chance to left-back while Darmian is the obvious choice on the right. A debut for Fred in midfield will give a little positivity to fans, the sight of Scott McTominay may not be. However, Andreas Pereira's actions have increased considerably during the summer months and now owes the Old Trafford crowd a match to match. Romelu Lukaku has terrorized Harry Maguire during the World Cup and the Belgian will prove to be a handful again if he starts this game. Incredibly, Juan Mata is somehow still the best bet on the right wing and should start with Alexis Sanchez on top.
Charlotte Duncker Mourinho has decided to decide whether to risk a couple of World Cup players or not, and the answer should be yes. United is fighting for the bodies in midfield with Matic and Herrera both injured, so Pogba should return immediately. He may have missed the pre-season tour but it is a better choice to start than McTominay in midfield three with the new signing Fred and Pereira who impressed on the American tour. On the back the only change to the rear that Mourinho wanted to start is that Darmain must return to the role of right-back to replace the injured Valencia. In front of Lukaku he must return immediately with Alexis Sanchez on the left and Mata on the right.
Paul Pogba needs to get back inside
Liam Corless Matteo Darmian should start due to the injury of Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young deserves to retain his left-back post despite Luke Shaw having much more time to prepare for the new season. Chris Smalling is undervalued and should start alongside Victor Lindelof, whose title is at record highs after an impressive World Cup campaign with Sweden. In midfield, Mourinho could opt for McTominay instead of Pogba but would not send a good signal to either the player or the fans, who will want to see their world champion midfielder in action on the day of the inauguration. Fred, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Andreas Pereira recover, while Juan Mata should start on the right after a series of promising pre-season displays.
Paul Pogba should start over from Scott McTominay
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