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Manchester United missing six players for opener against Leicester

This is how the Premier League season starts: not with a bang, but with an “ouch”

Chelsea v Manchester United - The Emirates FA Cup Final

Some non-transfer news for you: Manchester United have six players out injured for their Premier League opener against Leicester City on Friday night and oh wow that’s tomorrow where does the time go didn’t the World Cup finish, like, last week?

Two of the six are first team fixtures, and so the absence of Nemenja Matic and Antonio Valencia will be something of a headache for Jose Mourinho. Ander Herrera might have been in with a shout of starting as well, but no longer.

The other three may not have played anyway: Sergio Romero is the back-up goalkeeper, Marcos Rojo could yet be moving on, and Diego Dalot is young, shiny, and new. And might have started in Valencia’s absence, were he not also crocked. So that’s a shame for him.

Still, and at long last, Mourinho has decided that his fundamental misery need not get in the way of his being a mouthy so-and-so. Here he is on the pessimistic coverage of United’s chances this season:

More of that, please. Less of the other stuff. Roar.