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Wolves v Man Utd – Match Preview

Manchester United will be hoping to get back to winning ways this weekend, as they take on Wolves on Sunday afternoon.

Here’s all you need to know about that meeting at Molineux:

Form

Wolves: LLW

Two defeats from two in the league is a far from ideal start for new boss Bruno Lage, although he can be encouraged by his side’s display in the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

Pitted against former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, Lage’s men gave a good account of themselves and were perhaps unfortunate to suffer defeat, the game’s only goal coming from the penalty spot as Dele Alli slotted home after having been brought down by ‘keeper Jose Sa.

Despite dominating possession and having 25 attempts at goal, Wolves were left empty-handed as their struggles in front of goal continued, despite the return of Raul Jimenez, the Mexican having been sorely missed last season.

That being said, the Black Country club did find their goalscoring touch in midweek in their Carabao Cup tie against Nottingham Forest, a flurry of late goals seeing them clinch a 4-0 win over the Championship side to progress to round three.

That triumph saw Daniel Podence return from injury and he could be in line to feature at the weekend, while Willy Boly is also in contention having been absent from the first three games of the campaign. Long-term absentee Pedro Neto has suffered a setback in his return from a knee injury and could be out until the new year.

On the transfer front, Adama Traore has been heavily linked with a move to Spurs to reunite with Santo, while midfield star Ruben Neves is reportedly one of Manchester United’s midfield targets.

Manchester United: WD

After the highs of their opening weekend win over Leeds, Manchester United were brought back down to earth as they slipped up away at Southampton last Sunday, with a second-half strike from Mason Greenwood earning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s a point after Fred’s early own goal.

While that draw has maintained United’s 27-game away unbeaten run in the league, the failure to get the win has already seen them fall behind some of their title rivals, with their edgy display not inspiring much confidence that they can go the distance this season.

The backline, and in particular Harry Maguire, looked shaky, while in attack the returning Anthony Martial produced an anonymous display, heightening the question marks surrounding his future as his struggles for consistency continue more than six years after his United debut.

That forward line should be bolstered, however, by the return of Edinson Cavani who could well be available this weekend, the Uruguayan having been the hero off the bench in the clash with the Saints last season.

This weekend could also see both Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane earn their first starts for the club, with the latter man having been an unused substitute for the trip to St Mary’s, while Sancho registered his second appearance off the subs bench in place of Martial.

The Red Devils have this week been heavily linked with a potential move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez as a solution to their midfield problems, albeit with Chelsea also in the race for his signature.

Last Meeting

Wolves 1-2 Man Utd, 23 May 2021

The two sides last meeting came on the final day of last season, with a much-changed United side spoiling the farewell party in what was Nuno Espirito Santo’s final game in charge.

With the visitors having one eye on the upcoming Europa League final, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to rest a number of his key men in favour of his ‘fringe’ players, with teenage forward Anthony Elanga making the most of a rare start to power home a terrific header inside 13 minutes.

Welcome to the Premier League goalscorer’s club Anthony Elanga 🙌

The 19-year-old’s first Man Utd goal is a beauty!

Bullet header 💥 pic.twitter.com/Pl79PmZrvA

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 23, 2021

The hosts then drew themselves level just six minutes before half-time courtesy of Nelson Semedo’s first goal for the club, the Portuguese slotting home after an excellent pull-back from Fabio Silva.

Just moments later, however, United netted what proved to be the game’s winning goal, Juan Mata converting from the penalty spot in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time after Roman Saiss was somewhat harshly adjudged to have fouled Donny Van de Beek.

Predicted Lineups

Wolves: Sa; Coady, Kilman, Saiss; Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Marcal; Trincao, Jimenez, Traore.

Man United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Varane, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Pogba, Fernandes, Sancho; Greenwood.

Who is the referee?

Mike Dean

What channel is Wolves v Man Utd on?

UK and Irish readers can watch the match on Sky Sports Main Event.

What time is kick off?

Sunday 29 August, 16:30 BST

Odds

Wolves – 4/1

Man United – 7/10

Draw – 13/5

Read – Five attainable centre mids who’d massively improve Man United

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