Manchester United start their pre-season pre-season session against Derby County today.

It is the first time that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team has been in action since the devastating blow of the Europa League final against Villarreal.

The team playing against Wayne Rooney’s side will not look much like the team that played in Gdansk.

But there will be some familiar faces and some young people who want to make an impression on Solskjaer.

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Who starts for Manchester United?

Let’s start at the goal. New boy Tom Heaton is expected to start with Dean Henderson back in training.

He’s back for his second stint at the club, 11 years after moving to Cardiff.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka should start as a right-back after returning to training with Alex Telles on the other side.

United are lacking seasoned center-back options in the absence of Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.

That should mean that Axel Tuanzebe starts and Teden Mengi is most likely to play by his side.

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James Garner shone on loan at Nottingham Forest last season and could partner with Nemanja Matic here. Juan Mata will also add experience.

It was recently reported that Solskjaer plans to move from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 and that the new formation could make their first appearance here.

Flying young wingers Anthony Elanga and Facundo Pellitri could well play offensive on either side of Mason Greenwood.

It should be noted that the team could be changed completely at halftime, so the strongest players here may be split between the two halves.

Others like Tahith Chong, Dylan Levitt, Ethan Galbraith, Will Fish, Dishon Bernard, Joe Hugill, Brandon Williams, Jesse Lingard, and Hannibal Mejbri could all play a role.

The goal of the game is to improve fitness, and Solskjaer will get as many minutes in the legs of as many players as possible without many of his older stars.

Manchester United 2021 preseason games

  1. Derby County (away)

    Sunday, July 18, 1 p.m.

  2. QPR (away)

    Saturday, July 24th, 3 p.m.

  3. Brentford (home)

    Wednesday, July 28th, 8 p.m.

  4. Preston North End (away)

    Saturday, July 31st, 2 p.m.

  5. Everton (home)

    Saturday, August 7th, 12:45 p.m.

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