It’s nearly time. After six pre-season games, Manchester United’s Premier League campaign is close to kicking off.
We start on Sunday against Chelsea in a 4.30pm kick-off. It’s a big game, and one we have to win, with a trip to Wolves next up.
United’s 100 per cent pre-season record is encouraging, and we need to continue our good form.
Here is a look at how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could line United up on Sunday…
We expect Harry Maguire to go straight into the starting XI alongside Victor Lindelöf.
Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are guaranteed starters, as are Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay in midfield.
The third midfield spot is more contentious, but as it’s a home game, we would expect to see Andreas Pereira played in an attacking role.
He impressed in pre-season, particularly with an assist in the win over Spurs in which he linked up with Anthony Martial.
United could create real problems for Chelsea by throwing Mason Greenwood in too on the right. Really all three are interchangeable.
Martial has been impressive as centre-forward and he should get the nod there with Marcus Rashford out wide.
Dan James might be unlucky to miss out, but he could have a real impact coming on in the second half as a substitute to stretch the game.
A more cautious approach could see any of Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard start.
Picking Pereira and Greenwood to start would be two bold calls from Solskjaer, which could pay off.
This is a home game, and United’s best attackers should be on the pitch. There will be more room for caution in the next game at Molineux.
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