Jose Mourinho's squad hasn't seen too many changes in his third season in charge with only one major signing having been made this summer.
Starting off the season well is key for any club, and the pressure is on Manchester United and manager Jose Mourinho.
"As Manchester United... as a big team", he said.
"Of course he does, but he's got Fred with him, he's got other players as well".
A fascinating piece by Daniel Taylor, in The Guardian, details some of the reasons why United opted not to splash big money once the likes of Varane were not on the market.
The Portuguese coach said over the weekend he expected a "difficult" season if no-one else came in but seemed to backtrack ahead of Friday night's Premier League opener against Leicester - and went on to suggest finishing second last season is among the highlights of a career that has been littered with domestic and European success.
I'd prefer to look to the bench and to have them rather than to have 16-year-old boys without experience and without the power to be Premier League player directly.
"It is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying, and it is sometimes hard to believe". Juan Mata has scored 4 goals in his last 4 Premier League matches against Leicester City, with Norwich being the only team against whom Mata has scored more.
The move was created to ease disruption in the first few weeks of the campaign after a number of high-profile players, including Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk, missed matches at the start of last season due to transfer speculation.
Paul Pogba, Ashley Young, Fellaini and Jesse Lingard may yet be involved against Leicester tonight.
Speaking at Carrington, Mourinho said: "If they feel they can help us, 20 minutes, ten minutes half an hour..."
"When you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it's a lie, repeated 1,000 times is still a lie".