Jose Mourinho could not have made a better start to life as the new Manchester United manager. Three wins from three against the likes of Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull City has seen his new look united sit level on points at the top of the Premier League table alongside Manchester City and Chelsea as we head into the international break.
With the Manchester Derby next up on the Portuguese’s radar on September 10th we take a look at how Mourinho may line up his Manchester United side against the blues.
In between the sticks David De Gea is almost certainly likely to retain his place in goal after collecting two cleans sheets thus far. At right-back Antonio Valencia is likely to deputise for the red devils after having an impressive start to the season. The centre back pairing is likely to be new club signing Eric Bailly who will play alongside Daley Blind. Bailly has arguably been United’s standout performer so far this season whilst Blind has looked almost equally impressive in the centre-back role. Deputising at left-back is very likely to be Luke Shaw who has started ever league game so far for the Portuguese.
With Maraoune Fellaini likely to be missing the derby through injury, Mourinho may hand a first start of the season to Morgan Schneiderlin. The Frenchman has endured a mixed start to life at Old Trafford but will no doubt be looking to impress his new boss should be selected. Alongside Schneiderlin will almost certainly be Paul Pogba. Whilst Schneiderlin will be given his defensive duties by Mourinho, Pogba will be given the freedom of the pitch by Mourinho to do his damage.
Out on the left hand flank is likely to be Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Much like Schneiderlin mentioned above the Armenian skipper has yet to start a game thus far but with Anthony Martial looking somewhat out of sorts Mkhitaryan is likely to be handed a place in the starting eleven. Marcus Rashford’s impressive performance against Hull at the weekend may have earnt the youngster a place in Mourinho’s starting eleven. His pace and dribbling on the ball on the wing will cause the City back-four havoc and his influence on the team could prove essential in how the result pans out.
However it will be the number ten role where most of the focus will be on. Despite Wayne Rooney’s below par start to the new campaign it remains likely that Mourinho will stick with Rooney in that more advanced role in behind the front man.
Up front Zlatan Ibrahimovic will lead the red devils attack with the Swede looking to continue his early impressive goal scoring form for the club.