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Manchester United predicted XI to face Wolves in Premier League opener



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Manchester United will kick off their Premier League campaign by welcoming Wolves to Old Trafford under Erik ten Hag.

The Manchester United fixture represents debuts for both Mason Mount and André Onana, who are predicted to start a competitive fixture under Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford for the first time.

Onana, of course, has previously played under Ten Hag, having been his starting goalkeeper while the pair worked at Ajax, and is expected to start for United for the first official time on Monday evening.

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Ahead of him there is debate as to who should start at right-back, but with Diogo Dalot being the man who started last weekend against Lens in pre-season, it looks likely that Dalot will be the man to fill that hole.

As far as a central defensive pairing goes, Raphaël Varane and Lisandro Martínez will start alongside each other for the first time in a number of months – with Martínez set for his first competitive start since his injury in April. Rounding off the back four, Luke Shaw is the only realistic option to start at left-back.

United’s midfield three will almost certainly see a debut for new signing Mason Mount, who will start next to Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes for the first time in a competitive fixture during the Premier League’s opening weekend.

The trio have now had weeks to practice playing alongside each other both in training and in pre-season fixtures, and will hopefully have warmed up enough to create an initial understanding on the turf.

In attack, there are some question marks as to who will make up the front three.

Despite United announcing the signing of striker Rasmus Højlund last weekend, the Dane is unavailable to play for the club yet due to a back injury and will likely not make his debut until the beginning of September. Meanwhile, United need goals.

With this in mind, it is sensible to say that Marcus Rashford should be the man to take the central forward role, having scored 30 goals in one season for the first time in his career during 2022/23.

Therefore, this leaves a space on the left wing that needs to be filled, which may be handed to Alejandro Garnacho, who looked sharp in pre-season. On the right-hand side there is debate as to who should start, but with Antony the man who started on that touchline against Lens and scored, it will likely be the Brazilian.

Full Manchester United predicted XI:

Onana, Dalot, Varane, Martínez, Shaw, Casemiro, Mount, Fernandes, Antony, Rashford, Garnacho.