They start the new Premier League season against West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday. He truly is strong. Romelu Lukaku - the league's second top scorer a year ago - has been recruited as has Nemanja Matic from champions Chelsea and Victor Lindelof from Benfica. "I have seen him work on the field and in the gym".
Old Trafford saw 10 draws last season and surely United will be wary when coming up against West Ham on Sunday. The final spot in the centre of the defence looks like it'll be contested between Smalling and Phil Jones, but it's expected that the former will be preferred in the opener.
While silverware was added to the trophy cabinet with success in the EFL Cup and Europa League, boss Jose Mourinho knows that far more will be required in the top flight in his second term at the helm.
LWB - Matteo Darmian: With Luke Shaw still recovering from the ankle injury that's kept him on the sidelines since April, Matteo Darmian appears to be Mourinho's first-choice left-back heading into the competitive action. "There are obviously bigger competitions than others, but we will certainly be fighting on all fronts to win as much as we can".
United trailed home in sixth place last season, 24 points below champions Chelsea, and have finished in the top four just once since Alex Ferguson retired as manager in 2013. West Ham lose the ball with Obiang and Rashford breaks.
He could have had a third but for Zabaleta's timely block on the hour mark and Rashford came close to a deserved goal, striking the foot of the post with a teasing effort from the left flank.
RS - Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Mkhitaryan has looked stunning throughout the pre-season campaign, providing three and netting three of his own in a new second striker role, and it'd be insane to see him drop to the bench against West Ham.
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.
West Ham have done some interesting business of their own, signing Marko Arnautovic, Pablo Zabaleta and the former Old Trafford favourite Javier Hernandez.