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Ratings: De Gea MOTM after some great saves; Varane and Greenwood also in contention in Wolves victory

Manchester United beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 at the Molineux Stadium on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave Raphael Varane his debut, also starting Jadon Sancho for the first time. It looked ropey from the start as Wolves seemed to control the game in the early stages with Fred looking the weak link in the centre of the midfield. It was a pretty lacklustre encounter until the 80th minute when Mason Greenwood scored his third goal of the season on the opening three matches. Varane assisted in the goal and also helped to keep a clean sheet but it was David De Gea’s heroics that saved the day for United with his two quick-fire saves showing the best of his ability once again. This could be the start of something good for United and De Gea this season. The international break comes now with a rest for some.

Wolves started the match at a canter pushing forward from the very first minute of the match. How they did not score was only down to their poor finishing. United just did not have the presence in midfield to control the game and Fred started with another stinker, although he did get better as theme grew on but he’s still not the answer to the midfield problems. I don’t think Fred should be playing as he lets the team down with poor passing and bad decision-making, although he has been largely positive since the mistake he made that could have cost United. Something needs to give as this midfield will end up letting United down this season and it will not matter what forwards are playing, the lack of control in the midfield is problematic and should be a lot better than this. United were lucky to end the first half not conceding a single goal.

There were no changes by either team at the start of the second half, although that should have happened for United with Fred having such a bad match and Daniel James not all that far behind him. Raphael Varane shows his defensive ability in the 52nd minute to make an important block to stop a goal scoring chance from being created by Wolves, which shows why Solskjaer has brought him to United. Cracking show of hunger and desire to stop United from going one down. United made their first substitution in the 54th minute of the match with Edinson Cavani making his first appearances this season, replacing Daniel James, who had been more of a hindrance than a help in this match. A loan spell away from the club, unless he was to be sold, might benefit him moving forward but he’s below the level he should be in the Premier League at this time.

Wolves were still banging on the door in the 68th minute of the match, winning a corner and pressing for he opening goal. David De Gea made two quick fire saves to deny them from taking the lead, which could signal the rise of his form once again, which is a positive from the match at this stage. United need to find something otherwise it could be another embarrassing match again which will just signal to the muppets that want Solskjaer to be sacked to continue their monotonous moronic tone just so they can say they were right. Solskjaer made his second substitution of the match with Anthony Martial replacing Jadon Sancho, who had an energetic match but was unable to help United break the deadlock. Hopefully, the Frenchman will raise his form and help United into a winning position, rather than this stagnant draw at this stage of the match.

United opened the scoring in the 80th minute through none other than Mason Greenwood who has scored his third goal in three matches so far this season. The assist came from Raphael Varane on his debut. There was a slight delay to the celebration as Ruben Neves seemed to be hurt following a clash with Paul Pogba but on review, the goal was allowed as the Portuguese midfielder seemed to be initially alright, taking a few steps before feigning injury. He was booked a minute later with Romain Saiss and Fred also being booked. United has their goal and probably needed more to avert the three of Wolves, despite them being poor in this match. Solskjaer made his final change in the 89th minute of the match with Diogo Dalot replacing Greenwood with United looking to defend their lead in what could be their 28th match unbeaten on the road in the league.

There was a flurry of bookings in added time with Morgan Gibbs-White, Diogo Dalot and Paul Pogba all being shown a yellow card for various things. United were still defending their lead and Wolves were still poor and deserving of the result in this match. Having more attempts but being poor at it does not mean that you deserve anything special from the match It is the goals that count and United scored one of those with their one Star Boy finding the back of the net in each of the first three Premier League matches this season. United ground out the win, an important three points which sees them rise to third in the league this season. Arsenal, Norwich City and Wolves sit at the bottom with nil points. Newcastle United are on the cards for United on the 11 September which could also be the second debut of one Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Not really tested on goal in the first half despite Wolves having the majority of the shots. Made a few good saves, including a quick-fire double save in the second half, which kept United in the match. Man of the Match for me today. Glad to see the real De Gea back.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Blocked what could have been a goal, which was good to see. Should be putting more of a shirt further forward, but he's a defensive fullback, which is his strong point. United's attack was not the best today.

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19 Raphael Varane

Made his presence known in the first half and seemed assured defensively. Clean sheet, assist and a contender for Man of the Match but De Gea took it for me. Great debut and can't wait to see more of him this season.

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5 Harry Maguire

Dominant in defence, both aerially and on the ground. Has found a new partner which should be great for United. Wolves were the better side for much of the match but United got a smash and grab and got the three points, which is the important part.

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23 Luke Shaw

Not his best day on the left but he played his part. Took one for the team early on - straight in the family jewels. Did more defending than attacking today, which will inevitably be needed throughout the season, at stages.

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17 Fred

Lost possession five times in the first half alone, won one of six ground duels and was dribbled past four times. Midfield enforcer is not what Fred is. Terrible performance and the only light is that both De Gea and Wan-Bissaka saved his skin.

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6 Paul Pogba

Played a deeper role and his output suffered because of it. Not the formation for him, but things could change after the international break. He was better in the second half as he played further forward. He's had an impressive start to the season though.

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25 Jadon Sancho

His first start may not be memorable with him scoring or assisting a goal but he played his part with 87.5% pass success, but that was his main positive. He made an error which led to a shot and was not successful with his dribble attempt or hie duels. It is early days for him but that won't stop the negative fans from writing him off already. It takes time to find perfection. Replaced by Martial in the 72nd minute.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

Not having the best match for United. Booked for dissent and seem annoyed about that at the break. Found the back of the net but was ruled offside. A frustrating day for the Portuguese magnifico.

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Ratings: De Gea MOTM after some great saves; Varane and Greenwood also in contention in Wolves victory

The Welsh winger did not have the best performance against Wolves. He lost the ball ten times, committed one foul, had one shot off target and crossed the ball twice - facing to find a teammate twice. He had one key pass which came to nothing and showed a weakness at this level. Perhaps a loan spell away from United might benefit him? He was replaced by Cavani in the 54th minute.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Had the chance to score at the end of the first half and although he beat his man, his shot was low and wide, which was a shame. Got his goal ten minutes from time, scoring his third goal in three matches. What a season he is going to have if it continues like this. Another Man of the Match contender, but De Gea gets iit ahead of him.

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Substitutes

21 Edinson Cavani

Replaced James 54'. Covered a lot of the pitch but in terms of playing with the ball, he did not see much of it. He's rusty and will take time for him to be fully match fit.

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9 Anthony Martial

Replaced Sancho 72'. Another worrying sign with the Frenchman having no impact in this match. One of these days he will be surplus to requirements, if not already. His form is worrying, he does not seem to want to put it right - at least that is how it feels.

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20 Diogo Dalot

Replaced Greenwood 90'. Came on at the death of the match and played added time to add more defensive surety to the team. Booked for a challenge but that does not matter. United got the result they needed.

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Goals: Mason Greenwood 80′

Assists: Raphael Varane 80′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Pogba; Sancho (Martial 72′), Fernandes, James (Cavani 54′); Greenwood (Dalot 90′)

Substitutes Not Used: Heaton; Lindelof; Mata, Lingard, Matic, Van de Beek

Bookings: Ruben Neves 81′, Romain Says 84′, Morgan Gibbs-White 90+2′; Bruno Fernandes 44′, Fred 84′, Diogo Dalot 90+3′, Paul Pogba 90+3′

Written by John Walker

Confirmed XI: Greenwood, Sancho and Varane start; Cavani and Van de Beek on the bench against Wolves

Manchester United are once again on the road in the Premier League this afternoon as they travel to face Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux Stadium. Last weekend, a 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s saw United equal Arsenal’s 27-match away unbeaten record in the league, meaning that if they avoid defeat against Wolves, the record will be theirs. This will be a good weekend for United, who are fresh from the announcement that Cristiano Ronaldo will be returning to the Theatre of Dreams this summer after leaving Juventus and being linked with Manchester City, which seemed likely to happen then on Friday morning, rumours were rife and by the afternoon, United made the announcement that Ronaldo is coming home. What a day. United need a midfielder this summer, but might not end up with one – which is a shame.

At the time of writing, United sit tenth in the Premier League table with four points from a possible six. A victory over Wolves with give them seven points and keep them up their in the top quarter of the table, which is what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be seeking ahead of the first International break of the season. The summer transfer window will close on Tuesday evening here in the UK so there is time for something to happen, but whether it does will be reliant on whether United can offload players who do not really have much of a future at the club. It has not happened so far this summer, so seems unlikely but after what happened on Friday, never say never. United’s start to the season has been better than last season, but there is still a long way to go. Solskjaer’s side got positive news of their UEFA Champions League group too, so onwards and upwards.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw;

Fred, Pogba;

Sancho, Fernandes, James;

Greenwood

Substitutes:

Heaton; Lindelof, Dalot; Mata, Lingard, Matic, Van de Beek; Cavani, Martial

Wolverhampton Wanderers:

Sa;

Kilman, Coady, Saiss;

Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Marcal;

Trincao, Jimenez, Traore

Substitutes:

Ruddy, Hoever, Ait-Nouri, Podence, Boly, Silva, Gibba-White, Dendoncker, Cundle

United and Wolves have met a total of 14 times in the Premier League. United have won a total of eight matches, drawing three with Wolves winning three times. United have scored 23 goals, winning three penalties and scoring two of them. Wolves has scored ten goals and are yet to win a penalty against United. The Red Devils have kept a total of six clean sheets with Wolves keeping two. Despite so few matches being played in the Premier League, the discipline issues between the two clubs is high with United players being shown 19 yellow cards and one red card and Wolves players being show 20 yellow cards and one red card. This match will be a tricky one for United, as all matches against Wolves are. United won 2-1 in this fixture last season, winning 1-0 at Old Trafford. It is set to be another close encounter against a team that can be difficult.

In recent history, there have been a few players to have played for both United and Wolves. In the 1973/74 season, Jim McCalliog was sold to United for just £60,000, making 38 appearances and scoring seven goals for the club. Scott McGarvey was loaned to Wolves in the 1984/85 season with Darren Ferguson, the son of Sir Alex Ferguson, being sold to the club in he 1993/94 season. Paul Ince, who had previously played for United, signed for Wolves as a free agent in the 2002/03 season, the same season that Denis Irwin left United after making 529 appearances, scoring 33 goals in an almost 12 year stay at United. More recently, Darron Gibson was loaned to Wolves in the 2007/08 season with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson the last player to be loaned to the club during the 2016/17 season. There will be more history between the club, if you do a deeper dive.

Written by John Walker

Predicted XI: Varane and Sancho to start against Wolves; Pogba, Fernandes and Greenwood to shine again?

Manchester United are once again on the road in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as they travel to face Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux Stadium. Last weekend, a 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s saw United equal Arsenal’s 27-match away unbeaten record in the league, meaning that if they avoid defeat against Wolves, the record will be theirs. This will be a good weekend for United, who are fresh from the announcement that Cristiano Ronaldo will be returning to the Theatre of Dreams this summer after leaving Juventus and being linked with Manchester City, which seemed likely to happen then on Friday morning, rumours were rife and by the afternoon, United made the announcement that Ronaldo is coming home. What a day. United need a midfielder this summer, but might not end up with one – which is a shame.

At the time of writing, United sit tenth in the Premier League table with four points from a possible six. A victory over Wolves with give them seven points and keep them up their in the top quarter of the table, which is what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be seeking ahead of the first International break of the season. The summer transfer window will close on Tuesday evening here in the UK so there is time for something to happen, but whether it does will be reliant on whether United can offload players who do not really have much of a future at the club. It has not happened so far this summer, so seems unlikely but after what happened on Friday, never say never. United’s start to the season has been better than last season, but there is still a long way to go. Solskjaer’s side got positive news of their UEFA Champions League group too, so onwards and upwards.

Previous meetings with Wolverhampton Wanderers and their connections with Manchester United.

United and Wolves have met a total of 14 times in the Premier League. United have won a total of eight matches, drawing three with Wolves winning three times. United have scored 23 goals, winning three penalties and scoring two of them. Wolves has scored ten goals and are yet to win a penalty against United. The Red Devils have kept a total of six clean sheets with Wolves keeping two. Despite so few matches being played in the Premier League, the discipline issues between the two clubs is high with United players being shown 19 yellow cards and one red card and Wolves players being show 20 yellow cards and one red card. This match will be a tricky one for United, as all matches against Wolves are. United won 2-1 in this fixture last season, winning 1-0 at Old Trafford. It is set to be another close encounter against a team that can be difficult.

In recent history, there have been a few players to have played for both United and Wolves. In the 1973/74 season, Jim McCalliog was sold to United for just £60,000, making 38 appearances and scoring seven goals for the club. Scott McGarvey was loaned to Wolves in the 1984/85 season with Darren Ferguson, the son of Sir Alex Ferguson, being sold to the club in he 1993/94 season. Paul Ince, who had previously played for United, signed for Wolves as a free agent in the 2002/03 season, the same season that Denis Irwin left United after making 529 appearances, scoring 33 goals in an almost 12 year stay at United. More recently, Darron Gibson was loaned to Wolves in the 2007/08 season with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson the last player to be loaned to the club during the 2016/17 season. There will be more history between the club, if you do a deeper dive.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League at the Molineux on Sunday afternoon…

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

David De Gea has played in the first two Premier League match of the season and looks set to continue in goal against Wolves on Sunday. Despite conceding twice in the last two matches, United have played well, as has the Spaniard. He has made some good saves and seems to be in control of his area after a turbulent time at United and the fact he seems to have lost his place in the Spain squad, at least at this moment in time to Unai Simon, who played in both Euro 2020 and the Olympics for the country. De Gea will be determined to keep his number one position at United this season, despite the challenge from both Dean Henderson and Tom Heaton, who both have good qualities in the position. Solskjaer will have some good rotation options for the season, which bodes well as United will be seeking to challenge on all four fronts in their pursuit of a trophy.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw

The long-awaited debut for Raphael Varane could happen on Sunday against Wolves. It has been a fortnight since his signing was announced ahead of that 5-1 victory over Leeds United and despite being on the bench last weekend, he was an unused substitute. Starting in the centre of defence with his new partner, Harry Maguire could bring a new calmness and assured way of playing from the back, which could be good for United. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw look set to keep their places, although Diogo Dalot will be on the sidelines seeking his chance in other position with the injury to Alex Telles keeping him from challenge Shaw in the left-back role and the loan spell of Brandon Williams at Norwich City for the 2021/22 season. It could be a good season for United, who also have Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones to rely on.

Midfield: Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek

The midfield is a problem area for United at this time. Scott McTominay could be out for a month or longer after groin surgery this week, which is problematic but also gives other players a chance to form a bond in this position. It seems to be good for Donny van de Beek, who should start in this match alongside Nemanja Matic, who has rested for the past week and should be able to play once again. It may not be ideal as United need a new midfielder to challenge on all fronts this season, but it is something that has to be tried for the benefit of the team. Of course, Victor Lindelof could play a defensive midfield role, which he has done at Benfica 22 times, scoring three goals and two assists from the position. Some will rule this out but nothing tried, nothing ventured, right? United should bring in an enforcer type player who could allow his partner to play freely.

Attacking Midfield: Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba

Excitement is coming. Jadon Sancho could start his first match for United against Wolves. He has featured against both Leeds United and Southampton over the past fortnight but needs to start to find his feet in the Premier League, which will be a challenge for him. Last season in the Bundesliga, he managed 16 goals and 20 assists in all competitions, so has the skill and determination to raise his game in the Premier League. Bruno Fernandes already has a hat-trick this season and will be seeking to find more goals for United, especially after a disappointing display against the Saints last week. His excitement will be raised with his compatriot, Cristiano Ronaldo returning to the Theatre of Dreams this summer. Paul Pogba has five assists so far this season and will be looking to improve on that. He’s in some good form at this stage, which is admirable and needs to last.

Forwards: Mason Greenwood

Mason Greenwood has started the season with two goals in two matches, which shows the breakthrough he has made since earning his debut at the club. Under Solskjaer, he has become a player that oozes confidence, desire and determination and is always looking for space to assist or even score goals. It is great to see yet another academy graduate make the first team and have the talent to reach high levels in the game. Having him at the club this season will be a bedding in period for him as he will be seeking to play a more central role when he can, which has happened because of Edinson Cavani coming back late after playing in Copa America and having more time off in his native Uruguay. In year or two, Greenwood could become a household name in the same way as Marcus Rashford before him, trending on the same path to greatness.

Substitutes: Tom Heaton; Victor Lindelof, Diogo Dalot; Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Fred, Daniel James; Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial

Nine players are now to be named on the bench in the Premier League with three of them able to be used in matches. Solskjaer will have some depth on the bench, especially with the new signings in the starting positions and Cristiano Ronaldo yet to implement in the squad. Tom Heaton will likely be the goalkeeper on the bench as he travelled with the first team. In defence, Victor Lindelof and Diogo Dalot could be available with Eric Bailly missing out due to fitness. In midfield, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard (who could be days away from leaving the club), Fred and Daniel James (who could also leave next week) will be available. In the forward positions, Edinson Cavani could feature for the first time this season with Anthony Martial the other forward, despite the fact his season has started poorly with supporters wondering if he himself could leave?

Written by John Walker

Preview: Manchester United to set 28 Premier League away match undefeated record against Wolves?

Wolverhampton Wanderers -v- Manchester United

Premier League

Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton

Sunday 29 August 2021, KO 16:30 BST

Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: Darren Cann, Dan Robathan

Fourth Official: Robert Jones

VAR: Stuart Attwell Assistant VAR: Neil Davies

Manchester United are once again on the road in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as they travel to face Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux Stadium. Last weekend, a 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s saw United equal Arsenal’s 27-match away unbeaten record in the league, meaning that if they avoid defeat against Wolves, the record will be theirs. This will be a good weekend for United, who are fresh from the announcement that Cristiano Ronaldo will be returning to the Theatre of Dreams this summer after leaving Juventus and being linked with Manchester City, which seemed likely to happen then on Friday morning, rumours were rife and by the afternoon, United made the announcement that Ronaldo is coming home. What a day. United need a midfielder this summer, but might not end up with one – which is a shame.

At the time of writing, United sit tenth in the Premier League table with four points from a possible six. A victory over Wolves with give them seven points and keep them up their in the top quarter of the table, which is what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be seeking ahead of the first International break of the season. The summer transfer window will close on Tuesday evening here in the UK so there is time for something to happen, but whether it does will be reliant on whether United can offload players who do not really have much of a future at the club. It has not happened so far this summer, so seems unlikely but after what happened on Friday, never say never. United’s start to the season has been better than last season, but there is still a long way to go. Solskjaer’s side got positive news of their UEFA Champions League group too, so onwards and upwards.

Manchester United – Recent Form, Goals Scored and Assists: DWWDLW

Southampton 1-1 D, Leeds United 5-1 W, Everton 4-0 W, Brentford 2-2 D, Queens Park Rangers 4-2 L, Derby County 2-1 W

Goals: 3 – Bruno Fernandes, 2 – Mason Greenwood, 1 – Fred

Assists: 5 – Paul Pogba, 1 – Victor Lindelof

Wolverhampton Wanderers – Recent Form, Goals Scored and Assists: WLLLWD

Nottingham Forest 4-0 W, Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 L, Leicester City 1-0 L, Celta Vigo 1-0 L, Coventry City 2-1 W, Stoke City 1-1 D

Goals: 1 – Morgan Gibbs-White, Daniel Podence, Francisco Trincão, Romain Saïss

Assists: 2 – Fabio Silva, 1 – Leander Dendoncker, Ki-Jana Hoever

Previous meetings with Wolverhampton Wanderers and their connections with Manchester United.

United and Wolves have met a total of 14 times in the Premier League. United have won a total of eight matches, drawing three with Wolves winning three times. United have scored 23 goals, winning three penalties and scoring two of them. Wolves has scored ten goals and are yet to win a penalty against United. The Red Devils have kept a total of six clean sheets with Wolves keeping two. Despite so few matches being played in the Premier League, the discipline issues between the two clubs is high with United players being shown 19 yellow cards and one red card and Wolves players being show 20 yellow cards and one red card. This match will be a tricky one for United, as all matches against Wolves are. United won 2-1 in this fixture last season, winning 1-0 at Old Trafford. It is set to be another close encounter against a team that can be difficult.

In recent history, there have been a few players to have played for both United and Wolves. In the 1973/74 season, Jim McCalliog was sold to United for just £60,000, making 38 appearances and scoring seven goals for the club. Scott McGarvey was loaned to Wolves in the 1984/85 season with Darren Ferguson, the son of Sir Alex Ferguson, being sold to the club in he 1993/94 season. Paul Ince, who had previously played for United, signed for Wolves as a free agent in the 2002/03 season, the same season that Denis Irwin left United after making 529 appearances, scoring 33 goals in an almost 12 year stay at United. More recently, Darron Gibson was loaned to Wolves in the 2007/08 season with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson the last player to be loaned to the club during the 2016/17 season. There will be more history between the club, if you do a deeper dive.

Team News: Edinson Cavani close to full fitness ahead of the first international break of the season. Dean Henderson, Alex Telles, Scott McTominay and Marcs Rashford ruled out of the Molineux clash.

Dean Henderson (fatigue), Alex Telles (ankle), Scott McTominay (groin) and Marcus Rashford (shoulder) have been ruled out of the visit to the Molineux Stadium to face Wolves on Sunday. Phil Jones (knee) and Eric Bailly (match fitness) both have a 25% chance of featuring for United in this match with Edinson Cavani (match fitness) having a 75% chance of featuring for his club. This is an important match for United. Jadon Sancho has yet to make the first start for his new club with Raphael Varane yet to make his debut. The confirmation that Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the Theatre of Dreams will be a big boost ahead of this match, despite the player not yet being in the vicinity of his United teammates. There will be a lot of enthusiasm amongst the travelling reds and I am sure the ‘Viva Ronaldo’ chant will be heard throughout the match.

Hugo Bueno (hamstring), Pedro Neto (knee) and Jonny Otto (knee) have all been ruled out of the visit of United to the Molineux Stadium on Sunday afternoon. These are not the only problems for Bruno Lage as Yerson Mosquera (hamstring) has a 50% chance of being fit for the clash and Willy Boly (hamstring) has a 75% chance of being fit. It has not been a great start to the season for Wolves, who have been beaten by both Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur, by the same 1-0 score lines in the opening two Premier League matches. However, a change of fortunes in the Carabao Cup second round on Tuesday evening saw Wolves beat Nottingham Forest 4-0, a match in which United academy midfielder James Garner made his second debut for the club on his second loan spell at the City Ground. Wolves have a well drilled team and can be a threat.

Predicted Starting XI: Greenwood, Pogba, Fernandes and Sancho to lead the attack against Wolves? Van de Beek and Fred in midfield?

Solskjaer will be excited about what this season cold hold for United with the pending return of Ronaldo. But first of all, the club will need to get through this match ahead of the first international break of the season. United have done well so far, not quite brilliant after that Southampton match but the Leeds United victory started the season in style. United will be seeking to get another three points in the bag and break the record for away Premier League matches which was matched last week at St Mary’s.This match could be different for United as Wolves are a tough team to break and with them losing back to back Premier League matches this season, they will be seeking their first won of the season which is why Solskjaer will need to get his team selection right. I don’t think this will be an easy win for United, but it should be a win.

Solskjaer will probably keep David De Gea in goal for this match as he has played in the past two matches. In defence, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw should keep their places with Raphael Varane making his United debut after his move from Real Madrid earlier this month. It should give a new dimension to this United team, when the Frenchman has settled into the squad. He might make a few mistakes, as some of the best players in defence have over the years. In midfield, I would like to see Nemanja Matic and Donny van de Beek in the centre of the midfield with the former doing the defensive work and he latter linking up the the attack. In the three behind the striker, Paul Pogba, who has five assists so far this season, Bruno Fernandes, who has three goals and Jadon Sancho should all start, with Mason Greenwood leading the attack.

Match Prediction: Manchester United should extend their unbeaten away record, beating Arsenal’s 27 match record which was matched last weekend.

This is a match that United should win on paper, but in practise, Wolves will be seeking to get their fourth victory over United in the Premier League. After two back to back defeats in the league this season, it is important that they start to find a way to wining matches under new manager Bruno Lage. Solskjaer though will be looking to inspire his side to victory, getting back to winning ways after the disappointment of last week’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, looking to make their own unbeaten away record in the Premier League after matching Arsenal’s 2002/03 record, which has taken so long to match, let alone beat. This is going to be an exciting season for United with the signings that have been made this season and there is a chance that there could be more business before Tuesday’s deadline.

This first international break of the season will be something that nobody wants so soon into the season but it will also mark the return of UEFA Champions League football which will commence after the international break, complicating the season as so far, United have been playing once a week, giving the players plenty of rest between matches, which will not be the case when the season starts properly. Solskjaer will have a bigger squad this season with the promise of youth being given chances, which could happen in the cup competitions which will give them an indication of the level they will need to rise to in order to make the first team properly at some stage in the future. Getting the needed result in that match is important before any of that happens though and United will be seeking to play in a similar way as they did against Leeds United a fortnight ago.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-3 Manchester United

Written by John Walker

What We’ve Learned: Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be brilliant; youth being given a chance; Anthony Martial back to his best?

Manchester United drew 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers, thwarting the home side and avoiding a defeat for the third time in a row. Anthony Martial scored his 50th goal for United with Paul Pogba missing a penalty, which could have won the game for United. Ruben Neves scored a great equaliser early in the second half of the game.

There have been many positives so far this season, despite this being the second Premier League match of the season. United are unbeaten, have four points on the board, have scored five goals, conceding just one so far. Looking back at the disaster that was last season will be necessary and so far, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done well, as has his squad.

Harry Maguire is such an improvement on Phil Jones and Chris Smalling – finding a good partnership with Victor Lindelof.

Last weekend after the 4-0 victory over Chelsea, Harry Maguire was one of the positive things to be written about. The £80 million-man continued his form against Wolves, putting himself in the firing line to make the clearances needed to thwart the side from scoring against United. Ruben Neves’ goal was something that could not be stopped, however, Maguire did thwart Wolves many other times. There was a hairy moment which could have cost United by David De Gea made up for it with Maguire redeeming himself moments later. He is going to be a great signing for United. Assured on the ball. Calm under pressure. A rock at the back.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka marauding forward from the right-back position is going to annoy many opposition defenders this season.

The £45 million arrival from Crystal Palace, who incidentally are United’s next opposition at Old Trafford on Saturday, is going to be a great signing for United. The supporters are impressed with his ability, both on and off the ball and his pace is causing problems for the opposition, who can find themselves exposed with United’s new-found pace in the squad. Wan-Bissaka, as long as he continues his development, will become one of, if not the best right-back in the Premier League and certainly an option for Gareth Southgate and the England squad.

There might need to be a bit more thought about who takes the penalties for Manchester United this season.

Paul Pogba won a penalty for United and despite Marcus Rashford scoring from the spot at Old Trafford against Chelsea last weekend, Pogba took the penalty against Wolves. He shot straight towards the diving Rui Patricio, who stopped United from going 2-1, clearing the ball out of the Wolves area with his save. There was some discussion between Rashford and Pogba before the penalty was taken, something which Sky Sports made a meal out of. United though, might need to have a better plan for penalties. Rashford has taken three in his career, scoring all of them; two for United and one for England. Pogba has a good record, scoring many last season, missing a few too. Perhaps a goalscorer should be taking the penalties this season. Perhaps it will be addressed by Solskjaer ahead of the next match?

Youth seems to be returning to this Manchester United side this season, the DNA reunited with the club once again.

The average of the team which started against Wolves was 24 years and 173 days. Solskjaer seems to value youth over everything else, with many overage players resigned to a place on the bench with the younger players starting the match and tasked to throw all they have at their opposition. Starting against Wolves was Aaron Wan-Bissaka (21), Luke Shaw (24), Scott McTominay (22), Daniel James (21), Marcus Rashford (21), and Anthony Martial (23). Off the bench came Mason Greenwood (17), and Andreas Pereira (23). There are many more youth players who have not yet been involved, but this is a clear philosophy for Solskjaer, which will be great to see once again.

Anthony Martial is confident, nearing his devastating best which could be the difference in United achieving or underachieving.

Anthony Martial prayed some great football against Wolves at the Molineux, added to how he did against Chelsea just over a week ago will suggest that he is getting close to being back at his best, which will be important this season with United seeking to score many goals, ensuring that they get points on the board, to catch up with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and Arsenal. Martial’s form could be the difference in this being a good season or one with more improvement necessary.

United will be back in action in the Premier League on Saturday, a traditional 15:00 BST kickoff at the Theatre of Dreams against Crystal Palace, the former club of Wan-Bissaka. The London club will be seeking to get the better of United, with United seeking to return to winning ways after a frustrating game, with many positives, against Wolves.

Ratings: Anthony Martial MOTM in 1-1 draw at Wolves; Paul Pogba penalty miss costly, Daniel James played well

Manchester United draw 1-1 with Wolves at the Molineux on Monday evening. Anthony Martial scored his 50th goal for United in the first half of the game with Ruben Neves equalising ten minutes into the second half. Paul Pogba missed a penalty, which could have given United all three points, sending them to the summit of the Premier League.

There was some good moments in the game with Harry Maguire looking solid at the back, although he made a mistake which was not costly, but could have been redeeming himself minutes later with a clearance. Marcus Rashford and Martial seem to be at the top of their game at the start of the season. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a great signing, showing his worth many times against Wolves.

Paul Pogba will be unhappy with himself because of his penalty miss, which could have meant all three points for United and them sitting at the top of the Premier League table level on points with Liverpool. However, they have four points after a win and a draw, a four goal difference (positive) and some good football played so far.

Man of the Match: Anthony Martial

The Frenchman seems to be happy at United gayer being reunited with his old shirt, the Manchester United number nine. Two goals scored so far this season, four points in the bag, a win and a draw and Crystal Palace at the Theatre of Dreams on the horizon. Martial, aided by Rashford will be looking to provide the goals for United this season.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish number one had little to do in the first half with United having the majority of the ball in Wolves' area. When he needed to be aware of a rare Wolves attack, he was. De Gea conceded his first goal of the season in the 55th minute with Ruben Neves scoring from outside of the box, beating the Spaniard and finishing in the top right corner.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The right-back had another good game for United, marauding up the flank with aplomb. A £45 million outlay is nothing for the player Solskjaer has brought to the club. Booked for a shoulder barge late in the game, taking one for the team if you will.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Swede played well against Wolves, partnered by Maguire, who has ensured the defence has the ability and the confidence to get the better of their opposition. One goal conceded in the match will be something to look back on and learn but a point on the board, four in total is a positive.

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5 Harry Maguire

The £80 million man has been a great addition to this United side. A good performance against Chelsea, a better performance against Wolves, nipping all that they had in the bud with clearance after clearance. This United defence has been improved so much by his arrival. Maguire could have caused a costly error with a poor pass back to De Gea, making up for it minutes later with a crucial clearance.

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23 Luke Shaw

The left-back did well against Wolves, getting forward at times. He might need to put more effort into his game, but it is early days in the season. United will be seeking to do better at the Theatre of Dreams against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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39 Scott McTominay

The Scotland international played a good game against Wolves, putting in a lot of energy and helping his side aim to get the better in midfield. He is going a long way to becoming a player that Solskjaer will be happy with, as will the supporters who had written him off last season.

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6 Paul Pogba

Played well against Wolves, aiming to influence the game, doing well in the first half. In the second, Wolves fired back, getting an equaliser. Pogba won a penalty after being tripped by Coady, seeing is saved by Patricio. He will not be happy with the penalty miss.

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Ratings: Anthony Martial MOTM in 1-1 draw at Wolves; Paul Pogba penalty miss costly, Daniel James played well

The Welshman played well against Wolves, using his pace to break on the right, although the home side did all they could to thwart him. Booked for a dive but still tried to get the better of his man. The Welshman kept trying throughout the match until he was replaced by Greenwood in the last minute of the match.

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14 Jesse Lingard

The attacking midfielder played in the number ten role and did a lot in the first half of the match. With Wolves pressuring from the start of the second half, Lingard looked fatigued and he was replaced in the 81st minute by Mata. He did well and showed his ability at times.

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10 Marcus Rashford

The England forward followed well from scoring twice against Chelsea last weekend, laying on the assist for Martial's opener against Wolves. Rashford played well, being replaced by Pereira in the last minute of the match.

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9 Anthony Martial

Scored his 50th goal for Manchester United in the 27th minute, assisted by Rashford, thundering his effort high into the back of the net. AM9 is back to his goalscoring best, two goals in two matches.

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Substitutes

8 Juan Mata

Replaced Lingard 81'. Had some involvement in the match and could have played a part in United finding the winner with his lofted pass in the final few minutes.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Replaced James 89'. Was not on the pitch long enough to get a grasp on the game.

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15 Andreas Pereira

Replaced Rashford 89'. Came on too late to get stuck into the game.

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Goals: Ruben Neves 55′; Anthony Martial 27′

Assists: Joao Moutinho 55′; Marcus Rashford 27′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Pogba; James (Greenwood 89′), Lingard (Mata 81′), Rashford (Pereira 89′); Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Young, Tuanzebe; Matic

Bookings: Ruben Neves 51′, Ryan Bennett 67′; Daniel James 24′, Aaron Wan-Bissaka 84′

Report: Anthony Martial scores 50th Manchester United goal in 1-1 draw away to Wolves

Manchester United drew 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers, thwarting the home side and avoiding a defeat for the third time in a row. Anthony Martial scored his 50th goal for United with Paul Pogba missing a penalty, which could have won the game for United. Ruben Neves scored a great equaliser early in the second half of the game.

United started the half well, happy to keep the ball with Wolves sitting deep in their own half. Daniel James got on the ball in the early stages but his attack was thwarted by Willy Boly. United continued to play some good football, keeping possession but Wolves turned up the pressure when they entered the final third.

In the eighth minute of the match, Wolves sprung on the counter as James lost possession and seemed to be fouled. Raul Jimenez beat two players to break forward, played the ball out to Matt Doherty whose cross into the box was deflected out for a corner. Harry Maguire made the clearance from the corner to take the pressure off for United.

United won a corner in the tenth minute of the match after James got on the front foot. Scott McTominay was the target at the back post but Conor Coady flicked the ball clear of danger. James was trying to break through on the right for United but has not been given much space, which is not surprising and has been under some strong challenges.

In the fifteenth minute, Victor Lindelof tried to ping his set-piece from deep to Maguire but put too much on the pass. United had spent more time in the Wolves area that the home side had in United’s, however, there were not creating anything of note. Wolves were happy to break on the counter, which is something United had dealt with in the early stages.

Maguire was having another good match for United, making clearances from Wolves’ pressure. United created an opportunity in the 19th minute with Marcus Rashford turning Ryan Bennett one way, then another, crossing the ball into Anthony Martial, who is seeking his 50th goal for the club. Martial slid in at the back post but could not put United ahead.

Paul Pogba was starting to influence the game in the 21st minute. The Frenchman, on the ball, changed direction drawing Leander Dendoncker into a tackle with Pogba ending up getting caught on his toes. Magure, still having a good game, was playing deep in the Wolves half, getting above Coady but the final ball was easily cleared.

Wolves seemed to be giving a lot of attention to James with the Welshman aiming to break through on the right with his pace. He had been crowded out most of the time. James was then booked for a dive with Joao Moutinho not making a connection with him. United would have to be careful now with Jon Moss now keeping his eye on the player.

In the 27th minute of the match, United opened up the scoring with Martial scoring his 50th goal for the club. Jesse Lingard, Rashford and the Frenchman showed their class in the attack. Shaw found Lingard down the left, who fed Rashford who then slipped the ball into Martial on the left as his smacked his finish high into the goal. Wolves second best so far.

Wolves won a corner in the 32nd minute, testing Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the right. He did enough to force the ball behind. From the corner, Jimenez had half a sight of goal on the turn but his effort was blocked by Maguire. United have done well so far with a spring in their step, lots of possession, pressuring Wolves in their area.

James clipped the ball into the Wolves’ area for Martial in the 42nd minute with the home side needing the half time break already. The Frenchman’s first touch took him away from Coady but Boly scrambled clear to avert another goal creation from the visitors. David De Gea has been a spectator so far in the first half.

Just before the whistle blew for half time, Wolves were lucky not to find themselves 2-0 down and Martial seizing on a Bennett pass to the goalkeeper. Boly came sliding in for the challenge and could have seen red if he made the connection with the ball skipping off and Martial rolling through to Rui Patricio. United were 1-0 up at the end of the half.

At the start of the second half, Wolves made a substitution with Adama Traore replacing Doherty. Wolves started the half quickly with more intent on the left. Moutinho fed Jonny, who sent a low drilled cross, which Maguire dealt with. Diogo Jota may have been studded on the calf by James, who might need to be careful now.

Wolves showed yet more attacking verve at the start of the second half than they had in the entire first half. It was short-lived though as United started to pick up where they left off. Wan-Bissaka got down the right, cut a cross for Lingard who tried to take it on the half-volley, but missed. Ruben Neves was booked in the 50th minute for hauling James down.

Wan-Bissaka was more fruitful in the 52nd minute, cutting inside and looked for Lingard in the box. The ball was almost perfect but slid an inch or two past Lingard, who would have had a free shot on goal from 15-yards is he collected the pass. Wolves then won a free-kick with Neves striking the post instead of scoring.

Neves then equalised from outside the box minutes later, placing the ball into the top right corner, beating De Gea easily. The goal was then being reviewed by VAR but the goal was given. United now had a lot to do in order to get back in front in this game or risk another defeat by this Wolves side, which is not something that can be ruled out.

United won a free-kick in the Wolves half in the 62nd minute with Rashford stepping up to take it. Luke Shaw ran over the ball and into the box but Rashford’s strike sent the ball out of play for a goal kick. Minutes later, United had another, which was taken short and dealt with by the Wolves defence. United aiming to step pop their game again.

In the 66th minute, Bennett fouled Rashford on the run, got himself booked with United winning a free-kick. United did well with Pogba running into the box with the ball and Moss giving a penalty after Coady tripped him. VAR didn’t overrule it. Pogba took the penalty; it was saved by Patricio with some power, his save ensuring the ball cleared the box.

United won a corner in the 72nd minute of the match with Shaw pressuring the Wolves defence. Rashford took the corner, sending the ball into the box with Pogba getting a touch and the ball finding its way to Wan-Bissaka, who was a long was out of the area, skying his shot into the stands. United needing to add more pressure at this stage of the game.

It the 78th minute, after Rashford found some space on the left a minute before, pressuring Wolves, United won a corner in search of a second goal. Wolves initially made the clearance with United still on the attack, winning a throw-in, which turned into a free-kick for the home side. Solskjaer was readying a change with Juan Mata on the touchline.

United had some pressure to deal with before the substitution with Traore thundering through to goal and crossing into the box, however, Maguire made the clearance. Lingard made way for Mata in the 81st-minute of the match. Traore was full of beans, using his pace to beat Shaw before picking out Jota, which failed to beat De Gea.

Wan-Bissaka was booked in the 84th minute with Neves trying to release Jonny down the right with a clever pass. Wan-Bissaka stuck a shoulder in the way to derail the counter attack, which was a clear yellow card. Wolves were then piling the pressure on United with around five minutes of the match left. United needed a win to head to the summit of the table.

In the 87th minute, Maguire tried to pass the ball back to De Gea, not putting enough on the ball and Wolves tried to gain from it with De Gea getting on the ball and putting it out of play. That could have been costly for the summer signing. Magure then made up for that mistake, clearing the ball from the box with Wolves pressuring United.

Solskjaer made a double substitution in the 89th minute with James being replaced by Mason Greenwood and Rashford being replaced by Andreas Pereira. Four minutes were added on at the end of the match. Wolves made a second substitution with Jimenez being replaced by Patrick Cutrone. All was still to play for.

United had a chance to create something, playing cleverly around the halfway line, with the ball being played to Mata, who was in the final third, who then lofted an over the top pass into the box with Patricio gathering the ball. Wolves then had a break with United winning back the ball and advancing again, winning a throw-in.

United pushed Wolves to the end with the away side advancing into the area again with Shaw on the ball and running into the box. However, he was offside. Seconds later, Moss blew the whistle for the end of the game. Two matches played, four points on the board, one win and one draw. The missed penalty was a chance to take three points though.

United will be back in Premier League action on Saturday afternoon, with a traditional 15:00 BST kickoff at the Theatre of Dreams against Crystal Palace, which will see Aaron Wan-Bissaka come up against his former club. United will be looking to take all three points from that match in order to keep chance on the teams at the top of the table.

Goals: Ruben Neves 55′; Anthony Martial 27′

Assists: Joao Moutinho 55′; Marcus Rashford 27′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Pogba; James (Greenwood 89′), Lingard (Mata 81′), Rashford (Pereira 89′); Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Young, Tuanzebe; Matic

Bookings: Ruben Neves 51′, Ryan Bennett 67′; Daniel James 24′, Aaron Wan-Bissaka 84′

Confirmed Starting XI: James makes first Premier League start; Martial, Rashford, and Lingard on the attack against Wolves

Manchester United face Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux this evening in their first away match of the 2019/20 Premier League season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping it will be third time lucky to get a positive result at the Molineux after losing twice there last season in both the Premier League and the Emirates FA Cup, just 17 days apart.

After the 4-0 victory over Chelsea last weekend, the clubs supporters will be expecting another good performance. United started the new season in style with Marcus Rashford scoring a brace; one of them from the penalty spot, Anthony Martial opening his account for the season and Daniel James scoring a debut goal.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw;

McTominay, Pogba;

James, Lingard, Rashford;

Martial

Substitutes:

Romero; Young, Tuanzebe; Mata, Pereira, Matic; Greenwood

Wolverhampton Wanderers:

Patricio;

Bennett, Coady, Boly;

Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Otto;

Jimenez, Jota

Substitutes:

Ruddy; Vinagre; Neto, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Traore; Cutrone

United has played Wolves 101 times with United winning 48 matches, drawing 17 and losing 36. United played Wolves three times last season, losing twice (both at the Molineux) in the Premier League and the Emirates FA Cup by the same 2-1 scoreline. Solskjaer will be seeking a way to move on from these defeats, starting this evening.

At Old Trafford back in September, it was a 1-1 draw with Fred scoring his first goal for his club in the 11th minute and Joao Moutinho equalising in the 53rd minute. United need to continue their unbeaten run to the season (including pre-season). Solskjaer’s squad is looking good and perhaps frustrating Wolves would be the icing on the cake.

Key Players and Battles: Harry Maguire, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial to battle Diogo Jota, Leander Dendoncker and Ryan Bennett

Manchester United will face Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux on Monday evening, their first away match of the 2019/20 Premier League season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping it will be third time lucky to get a win here, after losing twice there last season in both the league and the Emirates FA Cup, just 17 days apart. After the 4-0 victory over Chelsea last weekend, the clubs supporters will be expecting another good performance.

United has played Wolves 101 times with United winning 48 matches, drawing 17 and losing 36. United played Wolves three times last season, losing twice (both at the Molineux) in the Premier League and the Emirates FA Cup by the same 2-1 scoreline. At Old Trafford back in September, it was a 1-1 draw with Fred scoring his first goal for his club in the 11th minute and Joao Moutinho equalising in the 53rd minute. United need to continue their unbeaten run to the season (including pre-season).

Key Players: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has many key players at his disposal this season but so does Nuno Espírito Santo so this has all the ingredients to be a good match.

Manchester United: David De Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Paul Pogba, Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Rui Patricio, Matt Doherty, Ryan Bennett, Willy Boly, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Leander Dendoncker, Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota

Key Battles: Harry Magure, Paul Pogba, and Anthony Martial to battle with Diogo Jota, Leander Dendoncker, and Ryan Bennett in the match at the Molineux on Monday.

Harry Maguire v Diogo Jota

Harry Maguire will have a busy start to his career at Manchester United after making the switch from Leicester City this summer. During his debut, against Chelsea, Maguire played well and helped United find their best defensive partnership since Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic left the club. It is early days though and there will be some tough times. The fact that Maguire is at United and seeking to bring back the glory days of the past, he will be a great addition to the squad.

Diogo Jota has been lively during the matches Wolves have played so far this season. Wolves have only scored in the UEFA Europa League with Jota scoring twice and registering six assists, three in one match. However, the opposition played was not the best so against United and Maguire, the Portuguese forward could have finally met his match. He was the clubs top scorer last season and is well on his way to another great scoring and assisting season.

Paul Pogba v Leander Dendoncker

The Frenchman needs to understand that he is a Manchester United player and whilst representing this great club, he needs to be putting in 100% effort at all times. His brother has spoken able him wanting to leave the club again and it has led to many not finding excuses for him anymore. If he wants to leave, he should have ensured that United could have replaced him but now that the window has closed, he needs to put his head down and play for this club. Putting in 100% effort is needed now, otherwise, there will no nowhere for him to hide.

Pogba will be tasked with adding creativity to the United team based on the fact that Scott McTominay, if he plays, will most likely be the defensive minded midfielder, protecting the back four. In his creative role, Pogba will be up against former Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker, who has played well since joining the West Midlands in the summer of 2018. Pogba, if on his game, could get the better of the Belgian.

Anthony Martial v Ryan Bennett

Anthony Martial seems to be loving life at Manchester United again following the departure of Romelu Lukaku and the return of his favoured number nine shirt. The Frenchman scored against Chelsea last weekend with Marcus Rashford scoring twice. Martial has led the line more often than not during pre-season with Solskjaer seemingly preferring the Frenchman, although he does swap positions with Rashford during a match, which will be tricky for the oppositions defence.

Martial could find himself battling Ryan Bennett, who has been a rock at the back since the club rose from the Championship the season before last. Bennett has played four times this season, scoring one goal. In defence though, where he is tricky, he has made seven interceptions and seven clearances, making three tackles. Martial will need to be on his game to help his team inspire a victory at the Molineux in order to turn their back on the poor performances and results there last season.

Opposition Scouting: Wolves aiming to pressure Manchester United at the Molineux once again

Wolverhampton Wanderers will face Manchester United at the Molineux Stadium on Monday evening; KO 20:00 BST. The 2019/20 season has been running for Wolves for almost a month, already playing five times; four in the UEFA Europa League and once in the Premier League. Wolves have won all four Europa League matches. scoring 14 goals and conceding just one so far and have earned a place in the playoff round, against Torino. The Europa League participation will ensure their season will be a long one and it will only get tougher for them.

In the Premier League last weekend, Wolves travelled to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City, enduring a 0-0 draw, which was not a great start for Nuno Espírito Santo’s side this season. However, in their first home game of the league season, they will have the chance to make amends by keeping their current top-flight record against United, which is two home matches, Wolves winning both. Wolves are actually undefeated against United, playing three matches last season; winning two and drawing once.

Manager: Nuno Espírito Santo

Nuno Espírito Santo has been the head coach of Wolves since the 31 May 2017. In his first season at the club, he took Wolves back up to the Premier League, earning 99 points in the Championship with his team winning 30, drawing nine and losing seven matches. Wolves finished nine points above second-placed Cardiff City with Fulham eventually winning the playoffs to win the third promotion place in the Premier League. Santo is a great manager for Wolves and has obtained some great results during his time at the club.

In his debut Premier League season, Santo managed to get his Wolves side to finish in the top half of the table – finishing seventh with 57 points. The two other promoted sides; Cardiff City and Fulham were both relegated, meaning Wolves had done well. Santo’s side did well against some of the top six teams, beating Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Chelsea, also drawing against Manchester City, United, Arsenal and Chelsea, to name a few. Wolves’ 2018/19 season will go down as a success.

This season, with their participation in the UEFA Europa League, will be a tough one, being that the season started almost a month ago, so fatigue could take hold of the squad at some point, although Santo has been rotating his side, especially during the European matches. As a manager, Santo has only won the Championship but as a player, he has one Copa del Rey, four Primeira Liga titles, two Taça de Portugal’s, three Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira’s, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Cup, and one Intercontinental Cup. The Premier League will be a dream for him.

Tactics: Wolves play in a 3-5-2 formation which will no doubt make it tough for their opposition, especially those with a weaker midfield, such as United.

During pre-season, the UEFA Europa League and the Premier League, Santo has applied a 3-5-2 formation to his squad, which has largely resulted in success with them beating Crusaders 2-1 and 4-0 (6-1 on aggregate) and beating FC Pyunik 4-0 twice (8-0 on aggregate). It may not have worked so well against Leicester City though, as they managed a 0-0 draw in the opening league match of the season. On Thursday, Santo managed to rest many players, keeping them fresh for the visit of United. Playing this formation, at least in competitive matches this season, Wolves have scored 14 goals, conceding just one.

Raul Jimenez has scored four goals, Diogo Jota has two goals and six assists and Ruben Vinagre has also scored twice. Matthew Doherty, Morgan Gibbs-White, Pedro Neto, Ruben Neves, and Ryan Bennett all have one goal each. This formation could frustrate United with the majority of players being in the midfield area but as long as United use their pace, they could get a result at the Molineux, which is something Wolves will be trying to avert. United will be tested by Jota and Jimenez.

Form: Wolves undefeated in their last six matches which includes one pre-season match, four UEFA Europa League matches and one Premier League match; the draw against Leicester City.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: WDWWWW

FC Pyunik 4-0 W, Leicester City 0-0 D, FC Pyunik 4-0 W, Crusaders 4-1 W, Crusaders 2-0 W, Manchester City 0-0 (3-2 pens) W

Predicted Starting XI: After securing a place in the UEFA Europa League playoff round, Santo will be bringing some of his star players back into the squad to face United.

Match Prediction: Wolves up for keeping United winless at the Molineux but Solskjaer’s squad is fitter, faster and able to apply pressure so it could well be a tough game for the home side.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-3 Manchester United

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