Molineux - Premier League
After a trilogy of excellent matches between the teams last season, Manchester United travel to their new bogey team Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night. The Red Devils made an excellent start to the new campaign last weekend, while Wolves were harshly done by courtesy of a controversial VAR decision.
Wolves put in an excellent performance at Old Trafford last season and were unfortunate to only come away with a 1-1 draw. The Wanderers were even better as they knocked United out of the FA Cup in March, before repeating that 2-1 victory in the league return a couple of weeks later.
Nuno Espirito Santo has no injuries or suspensions to worry about, although this is an early test of his squad rotation policy following Thursday night's Europa League qualifier. Patrick Cutrone will hope for his first Premier League start after joining from AC Milan in the summer.
Visiting boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to be without at least three players due to fitness issues. Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are both long-term absentees due to knee injuries, while Alexis Sanchez is working on his conditioning as he continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford.
Wolves v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
Wolves were superb in their three matches against United last season, and that will give the home supporters plenty of optimism that they can make it three successive victories over the Manchester club. The visiting fans meanwhile can take some encouragement from their result last weekend.
United rode their luck at times during the first half, but their 4-0 victory over Europa League winners Chelsea was a real boost for morale. The energy that Solskjaer has demanded was evident in their pressing, while new signing Harry Maguire’s performance in central defence alongside Victor Lindelof was more assured than anything United have enjoyed in recent seasons.
With Aaron Wan-Bissaka also impressing since his big money move to Old Trafford, a strong defensive base will give United a better chance in this game. Especially as Wolves weren’t huge goalscorers last season, with the 13th best attack in the league despite their 7th-placed finish, and a goalless draw to open this campaign.
Leander Dendoncker was harshly done by though after his goal was ruled out for a Willy Boly handball in the build-up, despite the ball hitting the defender’s arm from point-blank range. Wolves have an excellent style and system for playing against the big teams, which coupled with their dominance over United last season, makes their price of 12/5 quite tempting. The visitors could trouble their hosts with their counter-attacking prowess however, with the Reds the 13/5 favourites, and the draw at 28/11.
Wolves to win and BTTS at 6/1
Both teams scored in all three of the meetings between the sides last season, with Wolves winning both of the matches at Molineux.
Man United to win to nil at 14/5
However, United have invested heavily in their defence and kept a clean sheet against Chelsea last week, while Wolves failed to score against Leicester.