Manchester United Starting XI Prediction, Team News vs Chelsea FC

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Sunday brings the headliner fixture of Premier League opening weekend, the only all big six clash you’ll get see in week one, Chelsea FC at Manchester United. The match also brings the Chelsea debut of Christian Pulisic, which will be a major event in and of itself (more on that here). It’s also a match-up of two clubs led by young, relatively inexperienced managers who are legends among supporters due to their playing days with their respective teams.

The optimistic belief of both clubs here is that Chelsea’s Frank Lampard and Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer know the culture, from experiencing it, and thus have the bonafides to rebuild the club their historical mold.

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Videos: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard Manager Press Conferences

We’ll see how it all works out.

For Manchester United, winger and all-time acquisition bust Alexis Sánchez (match fitness) is a doubt for this one while defenders Eric Bailly (knee) and Fosu-Mensah (knee) are out injured. You got to feel for Bailly- poor guy has had massively bad luck during his time with Old Trafford.

Tomorrow brings the first chance to see United’s new and improved back line, a once weakness that is now a strength, with two big expensive summer transfer window buys, in action.

They’ll play in front of a newly minted/now more appropriately paid goalkeeper in David de Gea.

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And with Romelu Lukaku, once the club’s second most expensive signing ever (now third) off to Inter Milan, with no replacement, centre-forward is all Marcus Rashford’s now!

Season Opener  Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs Chelsea FC 

Attack:   Anthony Martial  Marcus Rashford   Daniel James

Midfielders:  Paul Pogba   Nemanja Matic  Scott McTominay

Defenders:  Luke Shaw   Victor Lindelof   Harry Maguire  Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Goalkeeper: David de Gea

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Chelsea FC team news and starting XI prediction

Kickoff: Sunday, August 11, 4:30 pm, Old Trafford

Google Result Probability: Manchester United win 44%, Draw 29%, Chelsea FC win 27%

Score prediction: United 2, Chelsea FC  1

Summer Transfer Window Analysis/Season Previews

Arsenal   Tottenham    City    United   Liverpool   Chelsea FC

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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