Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Premier League. Kick-Off: 3pm, Saturday 22 September 2018.
I REALLY didn't want to preview this one as a Wolves fan, but with a weekend card with very little standing out I want to share my views on this absolutely fascinating game at Old Trafford.
In the red corner you've got Jose Mourinho, the experienced but controversial Portuguese man who sets his teams up to be organised and tough to penetrate and in the opposite corner you've got Nuno Esperito Santo, the humble newcomer to the Premier League. His team will line-up in the conventional but very flexible 3-4-3.
I watched United's game against Watford last Saturday and the game midweek against Young Boys and whilst they weren't overly convincing they got the job done. In the Watford game it was a ten minute spell before half time where they showed their class and took the game away from Watford and in the game in Switzerland it was plain sailing after they scored their first.
On the back of two 1-0 wins, Nuno will be aware as to how much missed chances could come back to haunt them as the season goes on. Wolves were absolutely outstanding against Burnley on Sunday but missed chances which could easily have cost them 3 points in a game that should really have seen Wolves win by three or four goals.
As this game goes I can imagine a tight, tactical, chess-like game. Mourinho's side aren't overly expansive at the best of times and Nuno will be keen to remain in the game at all times whilst seizing the opportunities to break and hit United on the counter.
United won't have much time to prepare for this one with their European midweek trip. A mixture of a lack of preparation time from a tactical perspective combined with the fatigue that comes with the extra game could be crucial. It's also important to note that Manchester United will be without Matic and Rashford through suspension and doubts over Jones, Rojo and Valencia really adds to the feeling that Wolves can cause an upset here in a low scoring affair.
- Under 2.5 goals, 26/25 (Marathonbet)
- Wolves +1, 7/5 (Various)
- Wolves to win, 11/2 (Betfair)
- Score Prediction: 0-1, 16/1 (Bet365)