“It is hard to say what our chances in the league are but we are setting out to be on top”, Michael says.
Lukaku, who scored 25 goals in 37 matches last season, will hope to take the Reds forward as they hope to clinch their first Premier League title since 2012-13, which was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last.
Mourinho has no new injury concerns, with Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young his only long-term absentees.
Hernandez leads the attack for West Ham today, while Marko Arnautovic, Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart also make their debuts. They have focused on strengthening each area of their team and will be looking to improve on their position of eleventh place last campaign.
The West Ham season opener is upon is, with a halftime analysis coming up after the opening 45. Eight goals conceded in their last three games to Werder Bremen, Altona 93 and Manchester City mean there is still work to be done defensively, which will need to be rectified before they face the Red Devils on Sunday.
RCB – Chris Smalling: You’d expect more centre-backs to be given opportunities by José Mourinho this season, with the Portuguese testing out a new 3-5-2 formation in some of the preparation fixtures and at the start of the UEFA Super Cup.
Hernandez looks set to start United.
West Ham have a few key players missing for this match, with Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll, Cheikhou Kouyate, and Manuel Lanzini all out, and the duo of Aaron Cresswell and Sofiane Feghouli in varying degrees of doubt. Winning a trophy is winning a trophy and the feeling you get from it is incredible. The Hammers don’t seem to have sorted out their leaky defence and it could turn embarrassing for Bilic’s men.