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3 January, 2022

AUTHOR: James Dowen

STAR PREVIEW Mon: Manchester United v Wolves

Manchester United will be looking to build on their comfortable victory over Burnley last week, but welcome a tough Wolves side to Old Trafford on Monday night, who have made decent progress under Bruno Lage this season.

It has taken time for Manchester United’s players to adapt to interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s new ideas, but the Red Devils’ 3-1 victory over struggling Burnley showed signs that the Austrian’s new methods were starting to come through.

Scott McTominay got United off to a flying start with a curling finish from the edge of the box inside the opening 10 minutes before Ben Mee’s own-goal doubled the home side’s advantage in the 27th-minute.

Cristiano Ronaldo then made it 3-0 ten minutes later and, although Aaron Lennon pulled one back just before the break, there would be no way back for Sean Dyche’s struggling Clarets.

Rangnick is also able to welcome back influential playmaker Bruno Fernandes from a one-game suspension and defender Victor Lindelof may return to the squad after completing his period of self-isolation.

Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Premier League
17:30 Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
AUG 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Wolves 0-1 Man Utd
MAY 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Wolves 1-2 Man Utd
DEC 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Man Utd 1-0 Wolves
FEB 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Man Utd 0-0 Wolves
JAN 2020 FA CUP Man Utd 1-0 Wolves
JAN 2020 FA CUP Wolves 0-0 Man Utd
AUG 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Wolves 1-1 Man Utd
APR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Wolves 2-1 Man Utd
MAR 2019 FA CUP Wolves 2-0 Man Utd
SEP 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Man Utd 1-1 Wolves

After a fairly disappointing 2020/21 campaign, which ended in Nuno Santo Espirito departing his role as manager, Wolves have made good progress under new boss Bruno Lage and are currently knocking on the door of the coveted European spots.

The football has been more fluent, the defence has looked a lot tighter but there has been one lingering issue that Lage is still trying to figure out: goals.

Incredibly, Lage’s men have only scored 13 goals in their opening 18 Premier League fixtures. For context, Leicester City – who currently sit one place below Wolves in the table – have managed to score 31 having played the same amount of matches.

Wolves have been able to welcome striker Raul Jimenez back into the picture this season after recovering from a cracked skull but, rather understandably, he’s taken a while to hit the lofty heights that we saw from him before that horror injury.

Manchester United will have a sturdy defence to get past because as well as being the lowest-scorers, Wolves have also conceded the fewest amount of goals in the Premier League. However, with the quality that the Red Devils possess in those forward areas, I expect them to find a way through. We’re backing them to win to nil with a correct score of 2-0 to Rangnick’s side.


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