Manchester United kick off the 2018-19 Premier League season as Leicester City travel to Old Trafford on Friday night. United will hope to put miserable pre-season behind them by getting off to a winning start in the Premier League.
No other Premier League team has won their opening fixture more times than Manchester United. The Red Devils have kicked-off a Premier League campaign 17 times with victory, and are also unbeaten in 20 top-flight matches at home played on a Friday.
MANCHESTER UNITED face Leicester in the opening game of the Premier League season at Old Trafford tonight.
The first game of the campaign kicks off at 8pm and both managers have plenty of issues to contend with.
United have an injury crisis and the fact a whole host of their key men have only just returned to training following the World Cup.
Nemanja Matic is ruled out after undergoing surgery on an injury he first picked up during the World Cup.
Right-back duo Antonio Valencia and Diogo Dalot are also both crocked, so we think either Victor Lindelof or Eric Bailly could be asked to fill in by Jose Mourinho.
Marcos Rojo is injured too, although he is being strongly linked with a move away so might not be there after deadline day tomorrow – with the same applying to Matteo Darmian.
Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba were the latest to return to training following their World Cup exploits so are unlikely to make it beyond the bench.
Romelu Lukaku returned early, alongside Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones, but the Belgium striker did not play in the last friendly against Bayern Munich.
That means Rashford is more likely to lead the line, although he could play on the left with Alexis Sanchez through the middle.
Anthony Martial is also an option, should he remain beyond deadline day.
Brazilian midfielder Fred is is line for a debut, while Andreas Pereira has also impressed in pre-season following his loan at Valencia last year.
New boy James Maddison is a slight doubt but we expect him to start ahead of fellow signing Rachid Ghezzal, who has only just arrived in the Midlands.
Manchester United expected line-up (4-3-3) – De Gea; Lindelof, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw; Fred, Herrera, Pereira; Mata, Sanchez, Rashford.
Leicester expected line-up (4-2-3-1) – Schmeichel; Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Ndidi, Iborra; Diabate, Maddison, Albrighton; Iheanacho
Ladbrokes odds: Manchester United 4/9, Leicester 6/1, Draw 3/1