Man Utd (4-2-3-1) De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind; Pogba, Matic; Mkhitaryan, Mata, Rashford; Lukaku.
Substitutes: Romero, Smalling, Darmian, Herrera, Fellaini, Lingard, Martial.
West Ham (4-2-3-1) Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Noble, Obiang; Fernandes, Ayew, Arnautovic; Hernandez.
Substitutes: Adrian, Rice, Byram, Collins, Fonte, Cresswell, Sakho.
What comes next in this sequence? 1, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 7, 4, 5, 6. It reads like a maths puzzle that even Max Fischer couldn’t solve. In fact, as you have doubtless realised, these are Manchester United’s league positions in the last 10 years. There have been plenty of reasons for United’s league struggles; this year, however, everyone at the club will at least expect them to challenge for the title for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. It’s not as easy as it seems – a very good team will finish sixth this season – but this looks like a very powerful, very Mourinho team.
United’s biggest problem last season was that they repeatedly thrashed teams 1-1 and 0-0 at Old Trafford. Today will give us an early indication whether they will be more clinical this season. The signing of Romelu Lukaku, a small-game specialist at this stage of his career, should certainly help.
West Ham have done some interesting business of their own, signing Marko Arnautovic, Pablo Zabaleta and the former Old Trafford favourite Javier Hernandez. He was at United as they transitioned from serial champions to also-rans. The home fans hope the return journey will start today.
Kick off is at 4pm.