United's record in opening-day fixtures

  • United's record in opening-day fixtures

United's record in opening-day fixtures

A dispiriting Champions League exit against Sevilla in the last 16 also did little to engender a feelgood factor around Old Trafford, much like Mourinho's regular gripes concerning player availability and post-World Cup scheduling since his squad began preparations for the 2018-19 campaign.

Both clubs have England internationals who went on an extended dalliance in Russian Federation and have only recently returned from their holidays.

Boateng has a chequered injury record - he missed 181 days last season alone mainly because of hamstring problems - and United are keen on a loan deal with an option to buy rather then meeting Bayern's demand to pay €50 million in a series of instalments.

It's certainly an exciting and tone-setting opening fixture for both the Red Devils and the Foxes.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says Jose Mourinho needs a quick fix or he could face the sack.

The Arsenal legend said: "I want this season's title race to be more spicy and I think it will be".

"It looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat: Pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, that's as simple as that".

Jose Mourinho has hit out at the perceived negative coverage of his tenure at the helm of Manchester United, stating that he believes finishing runners-up in the Premier League last season is one of the best achievements of his career. They each came up with their own top four.

The 25-year-old will be in Leicester's squad for Friday's Premier League opener at Old Trafford and Puel joked: "I can confirm he is going to Manchester but only for a couple of hours. After Riyad it was important to keep our players and add some good players to strengthen the team".

"We have Fernandinho, [Ilkay] Gundogan can play there".

"I can understand some speculation about our player because he has good attributes, but I am happy to keep him and hopefully start a great season".

On the chances of Vardy or Maguire featuring in the season opener: "If we are serious I think they can not participate in the first game, with just five days training with the team".