August 11, 2017
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that his squad is raring to go ahead of the Premier League opener at Old Trafford against West Ham United on Sunday. During his Friday press conference, Mourinho confirmed that three players would miss the visit of the Hammers on Sunday through injury and that both Phil Jones and Eric Bailly, who both missed the 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday due to suspension, will both be available to strengthen his side ahead of the Premier League opener.provided an update on the latest team news ahead of Manchester United’s opening Premier League game of the 2017/18 season against West Ham United.
Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, and Marcos Rojo will all miss the match through injury and it has previously been said that Shaw could be back in September, Young in October and Rojo could be back before the end of the year with some suggesting it will be 2018 before he plays for United again. Speaking to the official Manchester United website, Mourinho confirmed his injury list by saying:
“Everyone is available except the injuries that everybody knows, so the injuries that come from the previous season with surgeries. [We have] one more reason to be happy because, in this pre-season, we didn’t lose any player. Every one of the 22, plus the goalkeepers, that started the pre-season is ready for Premier League match one.”
It will be a big occasion for United on Sunday, commencing their season with a home clash and with Mourinho and his United side tasked with turning Old Trafford into a fortress once again, which was tough last season, especially with all the home draws. United are in better condition this season though, strengthening the defence with Victor Lindelof, the midfield with Nemanja Matic and the forward line with Romelu Lukaku, who could all make their Premier League debuts for United against the Hammers.
Last season, United started well in the league, beating Bournemouth, Southampton, and Hull City in the opening three matches of the season, then slipping up to a three-match losing streak in the league and the UEFA Champions League after that, which Mourinho will be looking to avoid this season. United face West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday, then the following Saturday they will travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City and Leicester City at Old Trafford before the international break.
United then have Stoke City away, Everton and the return of Wayne Rooney to Old Trafford, Southampton away and Crystal Palace at home before the end of September, which will also see the return of the UEFA Champions League, with the draw set for the 24th August and United’s defence of the Carabao Cup, formerly the EFL Cup with the third round draw due to take place the same week of the Champions League draw with the second round matches played that week also.
With Luke Shaw and possibly Ashley Young both eligible to play in September and October, Mourinho’s squad will be boosted with two more players, more importantly a left-back who could solve the problems in that position, unless the manager delves into the transfer market again this summer before the window closes at 23:00 BST on Thursday 31st August 2017.