Victory over Hull City at the KC Stadium last Saturday night made it three wins from three thus far for Jose Mourinho’s new look Manchester United side as the club now head into an international break.
However news of Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini suffering a back injury towards the latter stages of the game against the tigers has left a blemish on what has been a fantastic start to the new campaign.
We take a look at how Jose Mourinho is likely to line-up his Manchester United side when the Red Devils return to action after the international break. We believe the below is United’s likely line up for the next three games for which we estimate Fellaini will be out for.
In goal David De Gea will continue to keep his place in between the sticks after collecting two clean sheets so far from his opening three league games. At right-back Antonio Valencia looks highly likely to retain his place in the starting eleven after making an impressive start to the season keeping Matteo Darmian out of the side. At centre-back new club signing Eric Bailly looks a near certainty to keep his place in the side having arguably been United’s standout performer so far this season. Whilst Chris Smalling is back fit it seems as though Daley Blind will continue to partner Bailly in the centre of United’s defence, whilst at left back Luke Shaw will retain his place.
With Fellaini set to face a lengthy spell on the side-lines, Mourinho is increasingly likely to hand Morgan Schneiderlin a starting place in the central of midfield alongside Paul Pogba. The Frenchman has yet to start a game for the club this season, but with Fellaini currently out of action this could finally be the chance for Schneiderlin to establish himself in the side.
Out on the left hand flank Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely to be given the nod over Anthony Martial. Martial has endured a difficult start to the new campaign and with Mkhitaryan impressing against Hull on Saturday it leaves Mourinho with little choice but to hand the Armenian a starting role over the Frenchman. On the right youngster Marcus Rashford will be given a chance to impress by Mourinho replacing Juan Mata. Rashford scored United’s all-important winner against the tigers and looked a real handful. His dribbling on the ball combined with his goal scoring ability makes the 18-year-old favourite to be selected by Mourinho.
In the number ten role Wayne Rooney is a near certainty to keep his place in the side. Despite enduring a difficult start to the season, Rooney played an essential role in creating Manchester United’s winner on Saturday against Hull and the Portguguse will be hoping that will act as a springboard for Rooney to now go on and regain his form.
Up top Zlatan Ibrahimovic will continue to lead the United attack having scored three goals from his opening three league games.