Jose Mourinho names back four for Manchester United’s first game of the season against Leicester


JOSE MOURINHO has revealed his back four for the opening game of the Premier League campaign against Leicester City.

United have taken a squad mixed with experienced players who did not go to the World Cup and rookies including Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong and RoShaun Williams.

Jose Mourinho has named his back four for opening Premier League game against Leicester City
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Mourinho watched on as United drew 1-1 draw with Club America on Thursday and insists his back line is already set to face the Foxes on August 10.

He revealed: “The line-up has the most possible men because the objective is to prepare them for the season where we don’t have many other players.

“Valencia, Bailly, Smalling and Shaw, probably they are the ones to start the season.

“As for Herrera, Scott, Matic and Fred are coming next week, so there are a bit more solutions.

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Luke Shaw has been named in Man Utd back four for Leicester City game next month
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Chris Smalling has also been named in defence for Premier League opener
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“Mata, Martial and Demetri Mitchell, hopefully, Alexis is coming, and not much more for the start of the season.

“We have to try and develop these players and this team.”

Mourinho is currently without Nemanja Matic, David De Gea, Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, who were all on World Cup duty in Russia.

Teenager Tahith Chong handed chance to impress on tour
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Ander Herrera is one of the senior players available to Mourinho
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United next face AC Milan on Thursday, with Alexis Sanchez set to play after his US visa issue was resolved.

After the Italian giants, United take on Liverpool then Real Madrid rounding off their pre-season preparation.


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