The duo of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Chris Smalling will be both hoping to make their first starts of the new premier league season when Manchester United entertain Hull City at the KC stadium this Saturday evening.
Both players are yet to start a league fixture for the reds and with Jose Mourinho likely to be ringing the changes, both could be named in the starting eleven.
The Portuguese is likely to stick with his much favoured 4-2-3-1 formation against the tigers giving the pair a fighting chance of earning a place in the side. Smalling would seem a viable alternative to new club signing Eric Bailly and in bringing the English centre-back in, it would give Bailly a much needed break having started every game thus far. In the number ten role Mkhitaryan could come into the side for Wayne Rooney, who has so far been disappointing.
In goal David De Gea will continue to deputise for the reds, whilst at right-back Antonio Valencia looks increasingly likely to keep his place following an impressive start to the season. As mentioned above Chris Smalling may make a return to the side and could potentially be partnered by Daley Blind. At left-back Luke Shaw will look to continue his progress.
The centre of midfield is sure to be an interesting prospect for Mourinho on Saturday, with Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick all available for the new united boss. However it seems a near certainty that he will start the same central midfield pairing that played against Southampton back last Friday night at Old Trafford, with Paul Pogba partnering Marouane Fellaini.
Out on the left flank Mourinho could give a first start of the new season to Memphis Depay who will no doubt be looking to impress his new boss, whilst on the right hand side Anthony Martial looks set to deputise as he bids to score his first goal of the season.
However it will be the number ten role where all the centre of attention will be at. Mourinho has a dilemma on his hands whether to continue with Wayne Rooney or change things up and give Mkhitaryan a go. We suspect that the Portuguese will opt for the latter and give the Armenian skipper a start.
Leading the Manchester United will likely be Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede has enjoyed a fine start to his Old Trafford career scoring three goals in the reds opening two league games, leaving united youngster Marcus Rashford on the substitute’s bench.