How Manchester United will line up against Leeds in the first pre-season game

Manchester United will look different when they begin their pre-season preparations against Leeds later today. Erik ten Hag’s side are in Oslo for the opening game of their summer programme, with forgotten faces, promising youngsters and a new signing ready to get their chance.

With the focus on building fitness ahead of the new season, most players will be on the field at some point, making it difficult to predict who will be in the starting line-up.

United will be without 15 senior stars who were involved in the last international break for the game and several who have not traveled through injury, meaning there will be plenty of changes in the side.

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This is how MEN writers think United should line up.

Samuel Luckhurst

It is typical of Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial that they are unavailable when there is no competition. Van de Beek has a habit of disappearing when the opportunity presents itself, and Martial’s recovery could be so excessive that the clocks could go back and he could still be “rehabilitating”.

United will have a handful of first-team players to start and Mason Mount’s role should be higher up the pitch on his maiden appearance in red. Kobbie Mainoo could be the fifth midfielder this coming season and he is fit again.

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