Man United play Wolves in the Premier League on Monday and our writers have shared their preferred starting line ups.
Manchester United begin the new Premier League campaign with a game against Wolves on Monday night.
United finished third in the league, won the Carabao Cup and reached the FA Cup final last season and following the signings of Mason Mount, Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund, another strong showing is expected.
The Premier League fixtures kicked off on Friday night and Erik ten Hag’s side have a golden opportunity to start the campaign with three points, as Wolves replaced Julen Lopetegui with Gary O’Neil just five days ago.
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Regarding team news for the game, Anthony Martial returned to full training last week and will be available, but new signing Hojlund is sidelined with a back problem, which is forcing him to wait for his debut.
United should go with the same side that beat Lens. They played well, created ample chances and those players will have match rhythm.
Diogo Dalot did not cover himself in glory against Lens but he is the better right-back who needs to regain form. Marcus Rashford is not an ideal focal point up front as he is better on the left but the pay-off is Alejandro Garnacho is on the wing and he has been gathering momentum in pre-season.
With Hojlund sidelined with a minor back injury, there is uncertainty around just a few starting positions for the opening game and there is obviously a decision to be made at right-back between Wan-Bissaka and Dalot.
Wan-Bissaka ended the season as the first-choice right-back and I see no reason to change that here. That status should be earned, not just given to Dalot, who struggled to recapture his impressive early-season form in 2023.
Which player to start on the left wing is also up for debate but Garnacho gets the nod from me. The youngster is direct, pacy and certainly not short of confidence and it will be interesting to see how far he can progress this season.
If last Saturday’s 3-1 win over RC Lens was a nod to the starting line-up Ten Hag intends to deploy against Wolves, it would be drastic to change too much, if anything.
However, Wan-Bissaka ended last season as the club’s first-choice right-back and it would be harsh for him to lose that status at the very start of this campaign. Dalot regressed after the World Cup, impacted by injury issues, and was at fault for Lens’ goal last weekend.
The midfield ought to pick itself, as should the front three. With Hojlund unavailable, it makes sense for Rashford to lead the line and be supported by Antony and Garnacho either side of him. The latter was superb against Lens and deserves to keep his place ahead of Sancho.