Team news, stats and predictions ahead of Wolves vs Man Utd in the Premier League on Super Sunday; Kick-off at 4.30 p.m.
Wolves defensive duo Yerson Mosquera and Willy Boly could be at their disposal after thigh injuries, but Pedro Neto and Jonny (both knees) remain outside.
Daniel Podence is hoping to score after returning from a groin problem in a 4-0 Carabao Cup win in Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.
Manchester United will be without midfielder Scott McTominay, who underwent groin surgery earlier this week, and alongside goalkeeper Dean Henderson (recovering from coronavirus), full-back Alex Telles (ankle) and striker Marcus Rashford (shoulder) and long-time absentee Phil Jones (knee) , on the sidelines.
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Sunday, August 29, 4:00 p.m.
Kick-off at 4:30 p.m.
Wolves vs Man Utd will be live in the Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm. Kick-off at 4.30 p.m. Sky Sports customers can view in-game clips on the live game blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published shortly after the final whistle on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel.
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Prediction: Jones Knows writes …
Manchester United showed against Southampton last weekend why they won’t win any Premier League titles in the foreseeable future with their current line-up.
Yes, they created a lot of hazards and scoring opportunities early in the game, but the lack of oomph and tactical know-how in the last 20 minutes when there was a winning goal was worrying.
Having just one shot on goal against a relegation team during that time – and a long-range blocked shot from Scott McTominay – proves that they have a lot to find to harass Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City this season. All three of these teams would have had this goal with three points on offer.
I still firmly believe that United is fourth or worst this season with their current coach.
At the end of the season, I’m very confident that the Wolves will finish at least six places better than Southampton in the Premier League, so that United will face tougher opponents than they did last weekend. If the guys from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer play with the same clumsiness in the last third, the wolves have a decent chance for the excitement.
So far, the Bruno Lage era has only simmered beneath the surface. Good performances, a more fluid style of play, but also successive defeats are what he can show for their work. Scoring 37 shots on goal in games against Tottenham and Leicester is an impressive feat, however, and while that effort has been equated with a fairly mediocre number of goals expected, the manager’s message comes across as a more offensive approach. Positive signs indeed.
Remember, United are on the verge of breaking a new all-time record in the Football League with 28 undefeated away games in the league.
I think this run will end here. Home win.
PREDICTION OF THE POINTS: 2-1
ANGLE OF BET: Wolves win (18/5 with Sky Bet)
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- The Wolves lost exactly this game on the last day of the 2020/21 season 2-1 – they have not lost any home games in a row against Manchester United since December 1967.
- Manchester United have only lost one of their last eight Premier League games against Wolves (S4, D3) and lost 2-1 at Molineux in April 2019.
- Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 27 away games in the Premier League (S17, U10) – if they avoid losing here they will set a new record for the longest undefeated away streak in the history of the English Football League.
- The Wolves have lost each of their last five Premier League games and only scored one goal. They have also lost five of their last seven league home games (S2), as many as in their last 20 at Molineux (S9, N6).
- In the first two game days of the Premier League season, only Liverpool (46) tried more shots than Wolves (42). They also had the sixth highest expected number of goals (3.2) of the 20 teams, but they are still looking for their first league goal under Bruno Lage
- This is Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s 100th Premier League game against Manchester United (S52 D28 L19). Of the eight previous coaches who reached the milestone for the Red Devils in the top division, only Ernest Mangnall (54) won more of his first 100 than the Norwegian.
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer becomes the ninth coach to lead 100 top games for Manchester United in the game. Of the previous eight, only Matt Busby and Tommy Docherty won their 100th game in charge, with five of those managers losing their milestone game, including Alex Ferguson in April 1989.
- Paul Pogba has already set up five goals for Manchester United in the Premier League this season; most ever competed by a player after two games in a season. With his assist against Southampton last time he was able to match Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for the Red Devils in the Premier League (34).
- Only Mikhail Antonio (11) has shot more shots in the Premier League this season than Adama Traoré (10) of the Wolves, although he has not yet made it into the net this season. In fact, the Spaniard has only scored two of his last 74 shots in the competition.
- Mason Greenwood scored in both Manchester United’s opening games of the 2021/22 Premier League season, once against Leeds United and Southampton. He could only be the second teenager, after Robbie Fowler for Liverpool in 1994-95, to score in his team’s first three Premier League games.
Essential Football Podcast: Jamie Redknapp on Liverpool vs Chelsea and Harry Kane’s Golf Skills! | Plus: Man Utd on the verge of a record
Liverpool and Chelsea will meet at Anfield Road live on Sky Sports on Saturday night and Jamie Redknapp joins Peter Smith on the Essential Football Podcast for a preview of the big battle between two Premier League title hopes.
PART 1: Virgil Van Dijk against Romelu Lukaku this weekend in Anfield – but who will prevail? Jamie Redknapp gives his verdict. Plus, the Sky Sports expert ponders how Harry Kane stayed at Spurs – and reveals what the striker is like on the golf course!
PART 2: Sky Sports Football journalist Charlotte Marsh takes a look at Adama Traore’s new role for a team of Wolves who have scored 42 shots but 0 goals in their first two Premier League games, and we analyze Man’s remarkable results Utd away.
PART 3: We preview Leeds’ trip to Burnley and data editor Adam Smith names the statistically top performing English players across Europe from the opening rounds – with some surprising names on the side!