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How Manchester United could line up against Leicester City

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up for their Premier League opener against Leicester City.

Manchester United kick off the 2018-19 Premier League campaign on Friday evening with a home match against Leicester City.

The Red Devils have a number of injury and fitness concerns heading into the match, not helped by two more players picking up knocks in last weekend's friendly defeat to Bayern Munich.

Jose Mourinho will be forced to shuffle his pack for the first match of the season, but he still has a number of big-name players to choose from.

Here, Sports Mole predicts how the Portuguese will set out his side for the curtain-raising fixture.


Manchester United predicted XI vs. Leicester City

Out: Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, Diogo Dalot, Marcos Rojo
Doubts: Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, Paul Pogba, Phil Jones, Marcos Rashford, Eric Bailly, Ander Herrera, Romelu Lukaku

Rashford cut short his post-World Cup holiday in order to get some minutes under his belt in United's final pre-season friendly against Bayern, which ended in a 1-0 loss at the Allianz Arena, and could be handed a start through the middle in the possible absence of Romelu Lukaku.

Mourinho confirmed during the club's tour of the United States that Matic had undergone minor surgery that will rule him out for at least the opening match, while Valencia, summer signing Dalot and Everton-linked Rojo are all carrying injuries.

Matteo Darmian will be one of the biggest winners of the injury crisis, with a right-back berth there for the taking, while Luke Shaw is favourite to start on the left after being given an extended run in the side.

The good news for Mourinho is that star man David de Gea was only at the World Cup for a fortnight and is therefore ready for the new season, and Brazil international Fred will also be raring to go.

Elsewhere, Bailly picked up a minor injury against Bayern but should be okay to start in the heart of defence, and Herrera will also be required in a depleted central midfield, where Andreas Pereira may finally be given a chance to shine.

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho patrols the touchline during the 2018 FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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