Manchester United take on Cardiff City Saturday teatime, under new management for the first time in two-and-a-half years.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take charge of his beloved Red Devils, and it’s rather fitting that he’s taking on the Welsh side; whom he managed a few years back as his only Premier League experience to date.
Predicted his first United starting line-up is tricky work, but you’d imagine the Red Devils will want to go out and attack, so with that in mind, we’ve gone for this forward-thinking XI.
In goal, obviously David de Gea will play. The superstar Spaniard has been United’s only constant recently, so why break that habit of a lifetime?
Victor Lindelof is back fit so he will rightly start, and hopefully, he’ll begin to form a bond at the heart of the back four with Eric Bailly. This has the makings of an excellent partnership, so the earlier that starts, the better. Diogo Dalot has looked brilliant when he has played, as has Luke Shaw.
For all his faults, Nemanja Matic simply has to start as United don’t have a better defensive midfielder. Ander Herrera’s passion, liveliness and aggression will ensure his place in the team, with Paul Pogba extremely likely to make his return.
No doubt Solskjaer will want to keep up tradition, with United to opt with a young, speedy front three. Anthony Martial will start on the left, with Jesse Lingard getting the nod over on the right. Marcus Rashford will play through the middle.