Heading into the new season, Jose Mourinho is under pressure to deliver at Manchester United.

Manchester United Premier League Fixtures, Squad, Guide

The pressure is on Jose Mourinho. At previous clubs Porto, Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid he achieved major success – league or Champions League – in his second season at each club. He’s now into his third year at Old Trafford, so the heat is on. Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot (Porto, £22m) and Brazilian midfielder Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk £55m) are the main arrivals.

Annual wage bill – £263m (2017)

Annual income – £581m (2017)

Stadium Old Trafford (75,731)

Odds – 6/1 to win Premier League


Barney Chilton, Red News


Progression, but a dull end. More points, better results, a good cup run, but the season ended in a rather drab fashion and the elimination to Sevilla still haunts. We did not seem to have a Plan B that night. Or the ability to change the course of the game. That will have to improve this coming season.


Well Jesse Lingard had a much improved season, Romelu Lukaku managed to battle through the graveyard of debut seasons for United strikers – he had a great start and end to the season and will only improve with better service. But David De Gea saved the day time and time again. It would be nice if the goalie was less used next year!

David De Gea will be between the sticks for United this year (Getty Images)


Can I change that to pantomime villain? Jose…? He had us eating out of the palm of his hand at the start of the season but by Sevilla some of the gloss had worn off. He’s still a winner, and the best man for the job, but he and we need to do better.


Tahith Chong or Angel Gomes both really look the part, and I expect big things of Chong.


Nemanja Matic made us tick but Ashley Young’s versatility meant he gave his all and replaced more natural players.


That we could stall, but we have made two new signings already. And it’s not about how City will perform but how we will. The football really needs to improve. Combine that with better results and who knows? Succeed or fail, I think this still could be Jose’s last season, though.

Manchester United Premier League Squad

Name Age/d.o.b. Signed/prev club

David De Gea (Spa) (27) 07.11.90 2011 / Atletico Madrid (Spa)
Lee Grant (35) 27.01.83 2018 / Stoke City
Joel Pereira (Por) (22) 28.06.96 2012 / Neuchatel Xamax (Swi)
Sergio Romero (Arg) (31) 22.02.87 2015 / Sampdoria (Ita)

Eric Bailly (IvC) (24) 12.04.94 2016 / Villarreal (Spa)
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (21) 02.02.97 2003 / youth
Diogo Dalot (Por) (19) 18.03.99 2018 / Porto (Por)
Matteo Darmian (Ita) (28) 02.12.89 2015 / Torino (Ita)
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Hol) (20) 02.01.98 2014 / Ajax (Hol)
Phil Jones (26) 21.02.92 2011 / Blackburn Rovers
Victor Lindelof (Swe) (24) 17.07.94 2017 / Benfica (Por)
Marcos Rojo (Arg) (28) 20.03.90 2014 / Sporting (Por)
Luke Shaw (23) 12.07.95 2014 / Southampton
Chris Smalling (28) 22.11.89 2010 / Fulham
Axel Tuanzebe (20) 14.11.97 2005 / youth
Antonio Valencia (Ecu) (32) 04.08.85 2009 / Wigan Athletic

Marouane Fellaini (Blg) (30) 22.11.87 2013 / Everton
Fred (Bra) (25) 05.03.93 2018 / Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukr)
Ander Herrera (Spa) (28) 14.08.89 2014 / Athletic Bilbao (Spa)
Jesse Lingard (25) 15.12.92 2000 / youth
Juan Mata (Spa) (30) 28.04.88 2014 / Chelsea
Nemanja Matic (Ser) (29) 01.08.88 2017 / Chelsea
Scott McTominay (Sco) (21) 08.12.96 2002 / youth
Andreas Pereira (Bra) (22) 01.01.96 2011 / PSV (Hol)
Paul Pogba (Fra) (25) 15.03.93 2016 / Juventus (Ita)
Ashley Young (33) 09.07.85 2011 / Aston Villa

Romelu Lukaku (Blg) (25) 13.05.93 2017 / Everton
Anthony Martial (Fra) (22) 05.12.95 2015 / Monaco (Fra)
Marcus Rashford (20) 31.10.97 2005 / youth
Alexis Sanchez (Chl) (29) 19.12.88 2018 / Arsenal

Jose Mourinho (Por) (55) 26.01.63 2016 / Chelsea

Jose Mourinho is under pressure at United (Getty Images)

Manchester United Premier League Fixtures

Aug 10 Leicester (h) – won 2-1

Aug 19 Brighton (a)

Aug 27 Tottenham (h)

Sep 1 Burnley (a)

Sep 15 Watford (a)

Sep 22 Wolves (h)

Sep 29 West Ham (a)

Oct 6 Newcastle (h)

Oct 20 Chelsea (a)

Oct 27 Everton (h)

Nov 3 Bournemouth (a)

Nov 10 Man City (a)

Nov 24 Crystal Palace (h)

Dec 1 Southampton (a)

Dec 4 Arsenal (h)

Dec 8 Fulham (h)

Dec 15 Liverpool (a)

Dec 22 Cardiff (a)

Dec 26 Huddersfield (h)

Dec 29 Bournemouth (h)

Jan 1 Newcastle (a)

Jan 12 Tottenham (a)

Jan 19 Brighton (h)

Jan 29 Burnley (h)

Feb 2 Leicester (a)

Feb 9 Fulham (a)

Feb 23 Liverpool (h)

Feb 26 Crystal Palace (a)

Mar 2 Southampton (h)

Mar 9 Arsenal (a)

Mar 16 Man City (h)

Mar 30 Watford (h)

Apr 6 Wolves (a)

Apr 13 West Ham (h)

Apr 20 Everton (a)

Apr 27 Chelsea (h)

May 4 Huddersfield (a)

May 12 Cardiff (h)

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