Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Mourinho To Make 2 Changes: Predicted Man Utd XI vs West Ham

Mourinho To Make 2 Changes: Predicted Man Utd XI vs West Ham

When Jose Mourinho's Manchester United won the Europa League, he instructed his team to celebrate by holding up three fingers to indicate the three trophies they had clinched - Community Shield, EFL Cup and the Europa League.

Midfield: Nemanja Matic is set to make his league debut for United following his move from Chelsea after impressing against Madrid in midweek and the Serbian should start alongside Ander Herrera in the middle of the park.

They also expect Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane to finish as the top scorer for a third consecutive season, and Manchester United's Paul Pogba to win Player of the Year.

Lindelof may have endured a hard opening period in a red shirt, and as a 23-year-old coming from a comparatively slower league we ought to be sympathetic towards that. As stingy as United's defence was last season - Mourinho's team kept the joint most clean sheets in the league with 17 - they can at times look really shaky at the back and will need to avoid conceding late goals. He's not a young guy who comes from another country.

That is why Mourinho is warning his title rivals that he is back to his best as a boss, three seasons after winning the Premier League and getting sacked by Chelsea.

Arsenal will face Leicester in the first of the 380 league matches this season over the next 10 months.

City travel to new-boys Brighton, back in the top tier after a 34-year absence, while United host West Ham.

"When he was at Selhurst Park, Gayle's imaginative finishing reminded me of Ian Wright, another Palace old boy", Keown wrote in The Daily Mail about Gayle while picking him as Newcastle's key player this season.

"I could see when I first came to United that we needed a Matic-type player", he said.

"When this season I got the call that Matic wants to play for me, wants to play for Manchester United and he can make it happen, I thought he's the ideal player for me". Fifteen draws and 54 goals make for abysmal numbers - even the ninth-placed AFC Bournemouth (55) scored more goals than the mighty Manchester United.

"There are two different people with Mourinho".

'Matic is one of those players where there are no question marks with him.

With Lukaku having seemingly been Chelsea's first choice, how the two strikers adapt to leading the line for title contenders is one of the Premier League's most enticing subplots, while Wayne Rooney's return to Goodison Park is one for the romantics. It's been far too long since we said farewell to football and I've been resigned to watching highlights of old West Ham United matches on YouTube.

'Man City, fantastic manager, great spending, already very good players, are equipped.

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