Manchester United kick off their Premier League campaign with the visit of Crystal Palace to Old Trafford on Saturday.
The fixture marks United’s first competitive action for a month following their August exit from the Europa League at the semi-final stage.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has moved to bring in Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek in that time, as well as having to handle questions regarding Harry Maguire’s arrest in Greece and Mason Greenwood’s misconduct whilst with the England squad in Iceland.
United will be hoping to improve on their third-place finish last season, a berth that was largely secured thanks to the efforts of Bruno Fernandes since his January arrival.
However, supporters are baying for more additions to the squad, particularly that of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho who has been a long-time target.
For Crystal Palace, Roy Hodgson’s persistence has finally paid off with regards to new recruits – youngsters Ebere Eze and Nathan Ferguson have arrived from the Championship and will add much needed youth to an ageing Palace squad.
Ferguson is nursing a knock so won’t feature, but the exciting Eze is in line for his full Premier League debut.
The former England boss does have his injury problems though, with Gary Cahill, James Tomkins, Patrick van Aanholt, Jairo Riedewald, Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham all out.
Mamadou Sakho, who had trained just twice before playing in Palace’s midweek cup tie with Bournemouth, could feature for the Eagles, although Cheikhou Kouyate is expected to partner Scott Dann in defence.
Manchester United’s sick list is nowhere near as severe, with just centre back duo Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones unavailable.
Perhaps the most attention will be placed on United’s starting goalkeeper, with Dean Henderson’s impressive spell at Sheffield United earning calls for him to displace the experienced David De Gea between the sticks.
Donny van de Beek could make his Manchester United debut – James Garner won’t feature having joined Watford on loan.
Manchester United v Crystal Palace at Old Trafford is a 1730 kick off on Saturday, September 19th.