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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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21 Daniel James

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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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

How Manchester United could look against Wolves; 4-2-3-1 – Martial leading the line, Rashford, Lingard and James supporting

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.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be impressed with the opening match of the Premier League season for his club, however, he will keep in mind what happened last season when United faced Wolves twice at the Molineux in both the Premier League and the Emirates FA Cup, losing twice to the same 2-1 scoreline. However, with a good pre-season under their belts and better squad fitness, it could be time to repay the supporters.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side has played five competitive matches to start their season, playing four times in the UEFA Europa League qualifying, beating Crusaders 2-0 and 4-1 (6-1 on aggregate) and FC Pyunik 4-0 twice (8-0 on aggregate). Last weekend in their opening Premier League match, drawing 0-0 away to Leicester City will be something the Portuguese manager will be looking to overcome, aiming to keep their unbeaten run at home against United.

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).

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

David De Gea has been in good form during pre-season and started the Premier League season well against Chelsea, keeping his first clean sheet of the season. The Spanish number one will be boosted with the arrival of Harry Maguire, who has added a certain leadership quality to the back four, also his ability to control things at the back. De Gea will thrive with a defender such as Maguire playing in front of him this season.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw

This back four is the best that United have at this moment in time. Luke Shaw is the one player that needs to up his game or the likes of Ashley Young or even Diogo Dalot could take the left-back position from him. Aaron Wan-Bissaka played well against Chelsea and Victor Lindelof and Maguire played well as a central defensive partnership – a sign of things to come this season?

Midfield: Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba

The midfield is the weakest area of United’s squad this summer with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay the stand out players right now. Both will be assured many matches together this season based on the work rate of McTominay and the ability of Pogba, which is something he will need to show a lot of this season, seeing as his brother is still posturing a move to Real Madrid. Pogba owes the supporters something this season but can he pull it out of the bag?

Attacking Midfield: Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford

The is plenty of pace in the attacking ranks of United this season, which is great to see. Against Chelsea, Andreas Pereira played on the right but could lose his spot to Daniel James, who has a great debut at Old Trafford, scoring his first goal for the club. Jesse Lingard should keep his place in the number ten role, with Marcus Rashford playing on the left flank, changing positions at times during the match with Anthony Martial, who will be leading the line at the Molineux.

Striker: Anthony Martial

The Frenchman has a goal to his name already this season with Rashford scoring twice against Chelsea, one from the penalty spot. Both players will be boosted after a good pre-season and a great start to the season, despatching Chelsea with a 4-0 victory at the Theatre of Dreams. Martial seems to be happy to have his number nine shirt back, which saw his best season at the club and could well bring his best form back – not that everything is aligned to shirt numbers. Long may his form develop and continue.

Substitutes: Sergio Romero; Ashley Young, Axel Tuanzebe; Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Nemanja Matic; Mason Greenwood

The bench could be something that Solskjaer needs to delve into in order to get his first three points on the road this season. Last week against Chelsea, Daniel James, Juan Mata and Mason Greenwood all came off the bench, although the match was won by the time this happened. Axel Tuanzebe will be a big player on the bench, a player who is ready to carve his way into the first team this season.

Preview: Manchester United to beat Wolves with pace, determination and devastating play

Wolverhampton Wanderers -v- Manchester United

Premier League

Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton

Monday 19 August 2019, KO 20:00 BST

Referee: Jon Moss

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.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be impressed with the opening match of the Premier League season for his club, however, he will keep in mind what happened last season when United faced Wolves twice at the Molineux in both the Premier League and the Emirates FA Cup, losing twice to the same 2-1 scoreline. However, with a good pre-season under their belts and better squad fitness, it could be time to repay the supporters.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side has played five competitive matches to start their season, playing four times in the UEFA Europa League qualifying, beating Crusaders 2-0 and 4-1 (6-1 on aggregate) and FC Pyunik 4-0 twice (8-0 on aggregate). Last weekend in their opening Premier League match, drawing 0-0 away to Leicester City will be something the Portuguese manager will be looking to overcome, aiming to keep their unbeaten run at home against United.

Form: United had the better start to the Premier League by beating Chelsea with Wolves drawing 0-0 at Leicester City. Wolves have played four matches in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers.

Manchester United: WWWWWW

Chelsea 4-0 W, AC Milan 2-2 (5-4 on penalties) W, Kristiansund 1-0 W, Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 W, Inter Milan 1-0 W, Leeds United 4-0 W

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

Top Scorers: United have scored four competitive goals this season with Wolves scoring 14, although they have played five competitive matches so far this season.

Manchester United: Despite winning all six pre-season matches, the competitive season for United started last weekend with a 4-0 victory over Chelsea. The goals scored in pre-season are no longer counted with the season now in full effect.

Goals: 2 – Marcus Rashford, 1 – Anthony Martial, Daniel James

Assists: 2 – Paul Pogba, 1 – Andreas Pereira

United started the 2019/20 season magnificently last weekend by beating Frank Lampard’s Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford. With three more matches to play before the first international break of the season, which will take the club into September, where both the Europa League group stages and the Carabao Cup will commence, meaning more fixtures for Solskjaer.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Santo’s side has played five competitive matches this summer with their UEFA Europa League qualifiers, scoring 14 goals and conceding just one. In the Premier League, they have drawn a blank so far.

Goals: 4 – Raul Jimenez, 2 – Diogo Jota, Ruben Vinagre, 1 – Matthew Doherty, Morgan Gibbs-White, Own Goal, Pedro Neto, Ruben Neves, Ryan Bennett

Assists: 6 – Diogo Jota, 2 – Adama Traore, 1 – Joao Moutinho, Pedro Neto

Wolves started their 2019/20 season back on the 25th July, five days after beating Manchester City in the Premier League Asia Trophy in China. Santo’s side has played four Europa League matches, scoring 14 goals in those matches, conceding just one. In the Premier League, they are yet to score a single goal, drawing 0-0 with Leicester City last weekend.

Team News: Solskjaer has no major injury worries ahead of the visit to the Molineux on Monday; Santo has a fit squad available with fresh players to call upon after Thursday’s Europa League match.

Solskjaer has no major worries ahead of the visit to the Molineux Stadium on Monday evening. Eric Bailly and Tim Fosu-Mensah are both out of action recovering from their injuries whilst both Fred and Alexis Sanchez are building on their fitness ahead of the new season. Other than that, the Norwegian has everyone else available for this match.

Santo will most likely recall Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota, Rui Patricio, Ryan Bennett, Ruben Neves, Jonny and Matt Doherty for the visit of United on Monday evening, the clubs first home Premier League match of the season. They will, however, need to do a lot better than they did at the King Power Stadium last weekend to thwart this confident United side.

Predicted Starting XI: Martial, Rashford, Lingard and James to spearhead United’s attack against Wolves at the Molineux.

Personally, I don’t expect too many changes to the starting XI from the Chelsea match, however, Daniel James could have put himself in contention for his first start in the Premier League. The back four will probably remain the same; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw. David De Gea in goal. Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba in midfield and Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and James in the three behind the striker, who should be Anthony Martial.

Match Prediction: United has won more matches against Wolves but getting over back to back defeats at the Molineux last season is the priority for Solskjaer on Monday evening.

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).

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-3 Manchester United

Ratings: Will the real Manchester United please turn up! Red Devils fed to the Wolves after dismal FA Cup performance

Manchester United saw themselves beaten 2-1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup at the Molineux on Saturday evening. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his third defeat as caretaker manager, ending United’s best chances of a trophy this season. United will be back here in just over a fortnight, where they will need to make amends.

United started well in the first half, having the lion’s share of the ball, however not doing much of note with it. There were a few chances in the first half but nothing to put either side ahead in the game. As the television cameras panned to Solskjaer, he did not look all that impressed with what his team had done throughout the half. Sergio Romero made a good save to deny Wolves from opening the scoring.

Marcus Rashford was booked soon after the restart, meaning that both he and Nemanja Matic has received two yellow cards, which would result in a suspension for the next game in the competition. Romero also made another great save to deny Wolves, followed by another some minutes later. United seemed so lacklustre with Wolves the most likely team to score at times, especially if Romero was not there.

Wolves opened the scoring through Raul Jimenez in the 70th minute of the match, Romero was well beaten. Solskjaer made his first change with Ander Herrera being replaced by Andreas Pereira, who has a shot in his first few minutes on the pitch. Wolves doubled their lead after some poor defending from Luke Shaw then Diogo Jota doubled the lead, scoring in the 76th minute. United had been terrible in this game.

Victor Lindelof was shown a red card for a challenge which was passed over to VAR. The red card was replaced with a yellow card, so Lindelof was given a lifeline, as were United, who had been a long way out of this game since the start of the first half. United made two substitutions with four minutes remaining; Juan Mata and Scott McTominay replaced both Matic and Jesse Lingard. Diogo Dalot was booked for a poor challenge.

Rashford, assisted by Shaw got a late consolation for United, five minutes into added time. There was not enough time for United to find a second goal as it was so late in the game. However, it should never have come down to this. Solskjaer should not be happy with his team tonight and neither will the supporters. That was the second game that United has looked like a team capable of losing easily and not having the fighting spirit.

Match Statistics:

Manchester United

22 Sergio Romero

The Argentinian international made a few fine saves but in the second half, it was all about to unravel after Jimenez and Jota broke United down.

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Diogo Dalot

Added some width to United's formation and broke forward plenty of times. Could have earned a penalty for United, similar to the one he won against PSG, however, it was not meant to be. Booked late in the game.

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Chris Smalling

Played well for the first 45 minutes but in the second half, the real Chris Smalling turned up for United. He's not looked good for the last two matches. Time for a change?

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2 Victor Lindelof

Seemed to be more focussed than he was against Arsenal. Saw Jimenez score and could not get the better of the Wolves player. Sent off but VAR correctly awarded a yellow card instead.

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23 Luke Shaw

The England left-back seemed off his game. Hardly ventured forward and was embarrassed by Jota for the second Wolves goal. However, he provided a late assist for Rashford, too little too late though.

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21 Ander Herrera

After three weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, Herrera played well. However, in the second half, his performance in the game shrunk. Needs to get back to good form before the Barcelona matches. Replaced by Pereira in the 71st minute.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Poor performance from the Serbian. He did his job shielding the back four, at least for the first half but never really provided anything in midfield. Booked in the second half. Should have been replaced a lot earlier than he was.

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6 Paul Pogba

The 26-year-old was not the only Frenchman on the pitch not putting in the performance that was needed. He just did not do enough. Pogba needs to put in a lot more effort, which has been lacking in his last two matches.

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14 Jesse Lingard

I think Lingard was rushed back into the team again. He just did not seem to be at his best, which was important after he suffered an injury when be came back from injury too early a few weeks back. Faded considerably in the second half.

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10 Marcus Rashford

The 21-year-old needs to find his form and fast. His decision-making was poor. Too selfish on the ball at times and just did not get a grasp on the game until it was too late.

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9 Anthony Martial

Poor. Both on and off the ball. Failed to run as much as he should have done. Had little output. Lucky not to be substituted. No excuses, he's not at the level some think he is. Barcelona would have a field day if they face the team that Wolves faced!

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Substitutes

Andreas Pereira

Replaced Herrera 71'. Had a shot on goal minutes after his introduction but it was wide of the target. Unable to impress, like his teammates.

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8 Juan Mata

Replaced Matic 86'. Too late to get into the game, let alone make a difference.

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39 Scott McTominay

Replaced Lingard 86'. Like Mata, too late in the game to get stuck in. The substitutions should have come much sooner in the game.

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Goals: Raul Jimenez 70′, Diogo Jota 76′; Marcus Rashford 90+5

Assists: Ruben Neves 76′; Luke Shaw 90+5′

Manchester United: Romero; Dalot, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Herrera (Pereira 71′), Matic (Mata 86′), Pogba; Lingard (McTominay 86′), Rashford, Martial

Substitutes Not Used: De Gea; Jones, Rojo; Fred

Bookings: Willy Boly 41′, Ruben Neves 43′, Conor Coady 86′; Nemanja Matic 45+1′, Marcus Rashford 52′, Ander Herrera 62′, Victor Lindelof 82′, Diogo Dalot 90+4

Confirmed Starting XI: Lingard and Herrera return, Rashford leads the line against Wolves

Manchester United will be pitted against Wolverhampton Wanderers for the second time this season, this time in the quarter-final of the Emirates FA Cup. This season, United has eliminated Reading (2-0), Arsenal (3-1), and Chelsea (2-0). This test though, based on the form of Wolves after their promotion to the Premier League, could be difficult.

United has seen their confidence levels boosted this season after the sacking of Jose Mourinho and the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Their position in the league may not be secure in the top four but overcoming Paris Saint-Germain and earning a UEFA Champions League quarter-final place against Barcelona, along with their FA Cup position shows progress.

Manchester United:

Romero;

Dalot, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw;

Herrera, Matic, Pogba;

Lingard, Rashford, Martial

Substitutes:

De Gea; Jones, Rojo; Mata, Pereira, Fred, McTominay

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. United has won 48 matches, drawn 17 matches and lost 34 matches. There have been eight FA Cup matches between these two teams; United winning four, drawing twice and losing twice.

United need to get back to winning ways after losing to Arsenal at the Emirates last weekend. In the last six matches that have been played in all competitions, Solskjaer’s side has won five and lost once, scoring 11 goals, conceding six and keeping two clean sheets. The match against Wolves is important as it could see United contend for a trophy.

Wolves seem to be unpredictable at this stage of the season. In their last six matches, they have won twice, drawn three times and lost once. It is not the greatest form but it adds a certain unpredictability, especially in games like this one, which could mean everything for them, if they can win. United will need to be aware of the threat of Wolves.

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