Because why the hell not. Could well be 3-5-2 though like Bob intimated. Whatever the line up, hoping for an entertaining game and hopefully another trophy at the end of it, would start the season swimmingly.
He is and so is Jones at the minute until the appeal is heard. I'm not a fan of this 3-5-2, I think we need better wing backs to use it from the start of games. Valencia's crossing isn't what it was although it has improved again in the last 2 years and Darmian is a right footer playing on the left that isn't a great attacker despite his assist in the last friendly. I think it should be purely used as a Plan B. I could be wrong but for me the use of 3-5-2 in pre-season was nothing more than just getting the players used to playing that formation better where as 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 comes pretty natural to them.
I would go with the team @SuperRash has posted but probably with Mkhitaryan in over Rashford and of course by default Smalling over Bailly, though it could be Jones if he wins his appeal.
Ronaldo has just been touring promoting team Ronaldo all summer. So he won't be match fit. But I don't a unfit Ronaldo is actually a thing. The guy is always in shape. Having said that he hopefully won't start but maybe get 20 mins at the end?
Why does he start lingard? Just soul destroying to wait all day for our new look front 3, thinking will he go martial? will he go Rashford? Then Lingard appears on the sheet. Definitely need another beer now....
How badly do we need a winger in this side. Miki plays 10 yards inside and lingard plays too deep. Madrids full backs stretch the pitch and Kroos and modric have all day to pick passes. We desperately need someone to give us width in this side.
The Matic, Pogba and Ander thing was meant to push Paul on. Someone's got to get closer to Lukaku his so isolated. Why his the only one in the box when crosses are coming in beats me.