Manchester United had a disappointing campaign last year coming sixth in the Premier League and winning no silverware. There are many inside and outside of the United fan base that doubt Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can return them to their best but they have had a good pre season and the opening day may be a difficult one for Chelsea.
The Manchester club won all six of their pre season friendlies beating the likes of Tottenham, Inter Milan and AC Milan in this run of games. Five of the games were won outright and the last against AC Milan on penalties as they scored eleven goals and only conceded three.
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A player who particularly impressed for the Red Devils in pre season was seventeen year old Mason Greenwood.
The young forward scored two goals in this run of games and also converted from the spot in the Milan shootout. It certainly seems he will have a part to play against Chelsea whether starting or from the bench. At the end of the 2018/19 campaign the England under 18 international made four senior appearances and in twenty six youth games scored twenty six goals. This year could definitely be his breakthrough one and there is no doubt he is one of the most promising under 18 talents in world football.
As well as some youth coming through there have been two new signings and rumours of more on the way.
Highly rated English right back Aaron Wan Bissaka is the big coup so far. The defensively solid right back joined for £50 million from Crystal Palace as well as £18 million Welsh international Daniel James who is an unproven but pacey talent from Swansea.
Harry Maguire seems all but confirmed adding solidarity to United’s defence. Mario Mandzukic and Bruno Fernandes are also reported as on their shortlist but nothing is completed as of now.
Overall, Manchester United’s side is stronger than Chelsea’s on paper but there isn’t too much between the two sides and with both managers being club legends unproven in the English management game the fixture could go either way. United have had a slightly stronger pre season but of course the Premier League is a whole different matter. Both sides seemingly favour a 4231 and both have exciting new additions so the first game of the season will certainly be an exciting one.
By Joe Martin