Jose Mourinho’s third season in charge at the Manchester United helm begins tonight.
The Red Devils take on Leicester City, in a fixture that’s winnable, while not being straightforward. The self-proclaimed Special One’s job has gotten harder, though, with six first-teamers out injured.
That’s according to the Manchester Evening News, who suggest that although Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku could return, there are some key names missing.
Nemanja Matic is out, he picked up a problem in the aftermath of the World Cup. Antonio Valencia’s tour was cut short due to injury, while Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot didn’t play a second of tour action as they were nursing problems. The last man to go down was Ander Herrera.
From that lot, there are two, maybe three guaranteed starters. It means that Matteo Darmian, who wanted to leave the club this summer, is a shoe-in to start at right-back, while there could be a huge opportunity for Andreas Pereira to prove his worth.
In all honesty, we’re not quite sure how long the six aforementioned players are out for, but it’s not ideal going into a new campaign with so many integral players missing. Hopefully, they’re short-term injuries rather than long ones, but it’ll be intriguing to see who takes to the field this evening…