Transfer deadline day passed without the new centre-back or right winger José Mourinho desired arriving at Old Trafford.

As such, the Manchester United boss begins the 2018/19 Premier League season with just one major addition to his squad: Brazilian midfielder Fred, a £52million acquisition from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Many of the Red Devils' key players are still working their way back to fitness following an extended break after their World Cup exertions, therefore the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba are unlikely to start the season opener against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday night.

Such absences provide chances for fringe players to establish themselves, however, and Andreas Pereira, the 21-year-old Brazilian playmaker returning from a year on loan with Valencia, may start at the base of midfield after impressing in pre-season.

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