Preview: Manchester United need to savage the Wolves at the Molineux to keep top four hopes alive

Wolverhampton Wanderers -v- Manchester United

Premier League

Molineux, Wolverhampton

Tuesday 2 April 2019; KO 19:45 GMT

Referee: Mike Dean

Manchester United will be back in action in the Premier League on Tuesday evening, this time travelling back to the Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side returned to winning ways against Watford at the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday afternoon, after back to back defeats, a confidence booster for United.

United have done well under Solskjaer since December, losing just three matches out of the 20 which have been played so far. The Norwegian has earned more Premier League points that Jose Mourinho did in the first half of the season, which says something. United still have something to play for this season; top four and a strong UEFA Champions League finish.

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Form: Wolves still unpredictable after two wins, two draws and two defeats in the last six matches; United in much better form

Manchester United: WLLWWW

Watford 2-1 W, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 L, Arsenal 2-0 L, Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 W, Southampton 3-2 W, Crystal Palace 3-1 W

United got themselves back on track after a 2-1 victory over Watford at Old Trafford on Saturday. After back to back defeats, it was a welcome feeling. United found themselves back inside the top four, however, with Arsenal still to play on Monday evening, they could be fifth again before the clash with Wolves even kicks off.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: LWDWLD

Burnley 2-0 L, Manchester United 2-1 W, Chelsea 1-1 D, Cardiff City 2-0 W, Huddersfield Town 1-0 L, Bournemouth 1-1 D

Wolves are still that unpredictable team, being that they have lost twice, drawn twice and won twice in their last six matches. They will be boosted by the defeat over United a few weeks back which secured them an Emirates FA Cup semi-final place at Wembley this weekend. However, Wolves might rest players ahead of that Wembley match.

Top Scorers: United has four players who have scored more than 10 goals each this season; Wolves have one…

Manchester United: 15 – Romelu Lukaku, 14 – Paul Pogba, 13 – Marcus Rashford, 12 – Anthony Martial, 5 – Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, 3 – Ander Herrera, 2 – Marouane Fellaini, Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young, 1 – Fred, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Andreas Pereira, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling

Wolverhampton Wanderers: 15 – Raúl Jiménez, 7 – Diogo Jota, 6 – Matt Doherty, 5 – Ivan Cavaleiro, 4 – Rúben Neves, 3 – Willy Boly, 2 – Romain Saïss, Hélder Costa, 1 – Ryan Bennett, Léo Bonatini, Jonny, Leander Dendoncker, João Moutinho, Adama Traoré

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Team News: Injuries coming to an end for United; Wolves have none to contend with at all but this is a big week for them

United has just four players on the sidelines through injury. Alexis Sanchez (MCL), Antonio Valencia (calf), Matteo Darmian, and Anthony Martial (both knock). Romelu Lukaku was back on the bench this weekend and could be fit to face Wolves whilst Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo both played (Rojo from the bench) against Watford.

Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo has no injuries to contend with ahead of the second visit in a month for United. The Portuguese manager will be boosted by this as he looks to manage his team in what will be an important week for Wolves. Sunday’s trip to Wembley, where they will face Watford, will need all of his best players fit and raring to go.

Predicted Starting XI: 4-3-1-2 formation to get the best of United’s attacking prowess in must-win match at the Molineux?

Solskjaer will have a near fully-fit squad to choose from ahead of the trip to Wolves on Tuesday. Four players are on the sidelines, but two of those would play a bit-part role anyway. Anthony Martial could be the biggest loss if he was not fit enough to travel to Wolverhampton. However, Solskjaer has plenty of quality in his team, they just need to show it.

Match Prediction: United to make this 100th meeting between the two clubs to keep their chances of a top four finish on their side

United and Wolves have played 99 competitive matches in the history of both clubs, dating back to the first match which was played on the 15 October 1892, a 10-1 Newton Heath victory in the old Division One. United has won 48 matches, drawn 17 matches and lost 35 matches. United will need to ensure they leave the Molineux with a win on Tuesday.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-3 Manchester United

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