Things couldn’t really have gone much better for Jose Mourinho so far. Two wins out of two against Bournemouth and Southampton have sent Manchester United top of the Premier League table and with a trip to the KC stadium on Saturday; the reds will be looking to continue their 100% winning start to the season by taking all three points away from Hull City.
The home side themselves have made an equally impressive start to the season with two successive victories against Leicester City and Swansea City. Despite Mike Phelan having limited options to choose from, he sees his side sit level on points with Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
It is thought that Mourinho will adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation against the tigers with two holding midfielders, two wingers on the flanks, a playmaker in the number ten role and a lone forward up top.
In between the sticks David De Gea is likely to continue to deputise, whilst at right-back it is widely expected that Antonio Valencia will be given the nod over Italian Matteo Darmian who is said to be not part of Mourinho’ plans for this season. At centre-back new club signing Eric Bailly looks set to keep his place in the side, with Daley Blind increasingly likely to be his partner. On the left hand side of the defence Luke Shaw will be the likely candidate to start.
Mourinho has a tough decision on his hands when it comes to picking the central midfield. However it seems as though the Portuguese will stick with his same pairing he fielded against the Saints at Old Trafford on Friday night with Paul Pogba starting alongside Marouane Fellaini.
Starting on the left hand side will likely to be Anthony Martial who will be looking to score his first goal of the season, whilst on the right hand side Mourinho could hand a first start of the season to Dutch winger Memphis Depay.
However it may be in the number ten role where Mourinho may have his toughest decision to make. With Wayne Rooney enduring a poor start to the season, the Portuguese could hand new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan a start. The Armenian skipper has yet to start a game for Mourinho so far this season and this could provide a great opportunity for Mkhitaryan to show us the Manchester United faithful what he is all about.
Up front Zlatan Ibrahimovic is likely to keep his place, after netting two goals against Southampton at Old Trafford, with Marcus Rashford again missing out.