Manchester United go into this fixture on the back of humiliating defeats against Manchester City and Feyenoord. Mourinho knows that defeat against Watford and the media will already start writing about his demise. He should have Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw back in defence which should lend much more stability to the defence after a horrendous performance by Marcos Rojo at left back in the Europa League.
With Mkhitaryan injured, Mourinho doesn’t have any option but to pick Mata and Martial on the wings. The ineffective performance of Rashford and Depay will not help their case for selection. In midfield, although Paul Pogba has looked more like a Championship level player than the world’s costliest player, he is expected to retain his place alongside Fellaini. Interestingly, Paul Scholes mentioned that Pogba would be better off playing alongside a distributor, so Michael Carrick might be a surprise selection although he hasn’t played a single minute this season.
Zlatan and Rooney will be expected to continue at the front. Rooney’s reputation has actually gone up due to the fact that he was absent for the game against Feyenoord.