James CookeWolves vs Manchester United, Monday August 19th, 3:00 pm, Molineux. One of the standout fixtures of the Premier League weekend gets underway on Monday night with Wolverhampton Wanderers playing host to Manchester United in a battle between two of last season’s top seven sides.
One of the standout fixtures of the Premier League weekend gets underway on Monday night with Wolverhampton Wanderers playing host to Manchester United in a battle between two of last season’s top seven sides.
Wolverhampton Wanders won both of their ties against Manchester United at Molineux last season, while also picking up a point at Old Trafford.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side thrived in their results against the top six – defeating all four European cup finalists last campaign alongside also securing a point against Manchester City.
Manchester United will therefore be wary that this will be one of the toughest assignments of the campaign, despite their barnstorming 4-0 opening day win over Chelsea.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side appear to be hungry and vibrant, while they will be full of confidence against a side who started their campaign with a scoreless draw at Leicester.
The visitors will be slight favourites to continue their winning start to the season despite not possessing home advantage, but the two sides are evenly matched.
The away side are favourites to win this game although it may not be comfortable – a 1-1 draw is the most likely outcome of the encounter.
This appears set to be a closely fought encounter between two teams with plenty of talent but who each have vulnerabilities. Calling a clear winner from this tie appears to be too tough to call, although each is likely to find the net. United netted four on the opening day while Wolves scored 10 goals in their six games at home to the top six in the league last season.
The Mexican international striker netted in last season’s FA Cup win for Wolves at home to United – one of 17 goals he scored for Nuno’s side last campaign. He is likely to continue that devastating form this season.
Head to Head
Wolves defeated Manchester United 2-1 at Molineux twice in the space of three weeks last season – winning their FA Cup clash in May before a league victory in early April. The Midlands club also secured a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last season.
Wolves defeated all four sides who reached a European cup final last season, and also defeated United twice.
Manchester United’s 4-0 win at home to Chelsea on Sunday was their biggest league victory over the Blues since 1965.
That victory was the first time United had won a home Premier League match to nil since the 2017-18 campaign.
Wolves are playing in European competition this season for the first time since the 1980-81 campaign.
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