After weathering a terrific World Cup and a hectic Transfer Window, we are finally here. The first match of the new campaign is upon us and both Manchester United and Leicester City are eager to kick-off the season in style.
With Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Diogo Dalot, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic all injured, Jose Mourinho will have to dig deep in order to get off to a winning start. Here, we look at three things to look forward to ahead of tonight's main event.
3. Leicester City in Good Shape
Leicester City have had a more productive transfer window than Manchester United. They have brought in two centre-backs, James Maddison and Racchid Ghezzal, who are expected to have a telling impact throughout the campaign.
Their starting XI for tonight is anyone's guess at the moment, as England stars, Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire are yet to be evaluated. Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, however are ready to fire and could turn out to be two of the most important players on the pitch tonight.
2. Pressure on Mourinho
Jose Mourinho is evidently unhappy with his squad. He does not believe he has enough "world class" players in his ranks and thinks it will be difficult for United to take on Manchester City. Despite the overwhelming odds, it will be up to Mourinho to create a positive atmosphere.
While Paul Pogba and all the World Cup stars are still settling in, Mourinho will look up to the highest paid player in the squad, Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean was mighty impressive in all of United's pre-season clashes and will have a crucial role to play tonight, as well.
1. An Upset on the Cards?
Looking at the two names, it's easy to consider United as the outright favourites. However, considering the number of players available and their pre-season form, Leicester City look to be the better team.
While they will surely feel Riyad Mahrez's absence, Claude Puel's men still are more than capable of pulling one over Mourinho's United. United are clearly more desperate for a positive result in an attempt to boost the team morale. We expect this one to be a very close contest and don't see Leicester return empty-handed. We predict a 2-2 tonight at Old Trafford.