The 2015/16 Premier League season kicks off at Old Trafford, home of 20-time champions Manchester United who host Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s early kick-off.
United are coming into this match on the back of a relatively successful pre-season in which they managed three victories and a sole defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.
Louis van Gaal has bolstered his side with the capture of five players in Bastian Schweinstiger, Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Sergio Romero and Matteo Darmian.
The departures of Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria has left United a little short of attacking talent but the Red Devils are far from finished in the transfer window and we can still expect a signing or two before deadline day.
Tottenham on the other hand have had a far from ideal pre-season in which they lost to the Major League Soccer all-stars and Real Madrid in the Audi Cup before beating AC Milan 2-0 in their final pre-season game.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have brought in a few new faces mainly in the defense with center-backs Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer as well as right-back Kieran Trippier signing for the North London club.
Both sides will be looking to start their respective campaigns in convincing fashion after making significant investment in the squad over the past two summer transfer windows.
Van Gaal has confirmed that David de Gea, Marcos Rojo and Bastian Schweinstiger will not be taking part in Saturday’s season opener.
De Gea has been left out of the squad amid speculation linking him to Real Madrid, while Schweinstiger is short of match fitness. Rojo was given an extended break after taking part in the Copa America last month.
For Tottenham, Hugo Lloris is set to start after recovering from a wrist injury in the 2-0 win against AC Milan. Ryan Mason, Andros Townsend and Alex Pritchard are struggling for fitness and are not expected to make the side.