HULL CITY: Jakupovic, Elmohamady, Livermore, Davies, Robertson, Meyler, Huddlestone, Clucas, Snodgrass, Hernández, Diomande
SUBS: Maguire, Kuciak, Maloney, Bowen, Olley, Clackstone, Hinchcliffe
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Fellaini, Pogba, Mata, Martial, Rooney, Zlatan
Subs: Romero, Rojo, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Young, Rashford, Schneiderlin
PLAYER TO WATCH (In addition to Zlatan)
DEFENDER: ANTONIO VALENCIA, MANCHESTER UNITED
In Jurassic Park, there’s an iconic scene where the precocious children remember that if you stay still, the T-Rex can’t see you and will leave you alone. I’m pretty sure Antonio Valencia has applied the same tactics upon Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford. On the surface, Valencia is no more a United player than Eric Djemba-Djemba or David Bellion but on closer inspection, he has upcycled himself into a starting Premier League right back without much resistance from 3 separate managers. He has played all 90 minutes in two opening games and with Mourinho not in the market for a full back it seems, Antonio will carry on in that role for the foreseeable future. He has a modest 8 points from 2 games, but hasn’t yet added assists, which we know he has in his repertoire and United have a huge 3 games coming up. Hull, City and Watford represent 3 games that could be the making of Man U as legitimate title contenders this season and there’s a real possibility of serious points.
CAPTAIN: SERGIO AGUERO, MANCHESTER CITY
Well for a fortnight I claimed you didn’t need Ibrahimovic and that he didn’t represent value for money if you also had Aguero. That is why I have plummeted down the league as others have capitalised. I’m not saying you need both players in your side for the whole season but until further notice it would seem that if you do not, you run the risk of losing ground. The make or break part of your gameweek could already be which one of them to skipper. Looking into a crystal ball, this week it looks like Aguero. West Ham had a tough Thursday night tie, in which they just got through whereas City played so many second stringers even Joe Hart got a game. The Hammers could have a tough year with a new stadium, added expectation and European competition and Aguero will do what he does best.
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