Antonio Valencia is to miss the game against Young Boys because of the synthetic pitch, which can aggravate certain injuries. That means that Jose Mourinho is likely to pick new signing Diogo Dalot. The 19-year-old cost around £19m from Porto in the summer, and will be making his debut if he does feature. This could be a relatively difficult match for him, and a miserable start to his career is unlikely to help Mourinho’s current setting of mild radge.
David de Gea was relatively positive about his possible new contract at United, which has been rumoured to be imminent for months now. De Gea was still not entirely committed, but he is at least saying more positive things than Paul Pogba has of late. We can probably expect De Gea to sign another contract before doing one back to Spain in a couple of years, but there’s no point being too confident until everything is sorted.
The Independent have a blog in praise of De Gea, which you can read here. De Gea is United’s best player still and it is something of a shame that this has never been close to debatable since the departure of Alex Ferguson. Ed Woodward has been absolute cack when it comes to transfers.
Mourinho seems to have had a pop at Jamie Carragher over Marcus Rashford again. Rashford is set to start against Young Boys, where he will do better than Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial, but still ultimately disappoint. Carragher, of course, was little more than a bully on the pitch, and while they have their uses, his opinions on almost anything can be disregarded as he couldn’t actually play football.
And with Lyon set to take on Manchester City in the Champions League tonight, Memphis Depay seems to be getting on well in France, and has an attitude that should bring yet more improvements to his play.