Manchester United vs Wolves: Match Preview, team news, and predicted line-ups

Wolverhampton Wanderers - Wolves FC

Manchester United will be hosting Wolves on Monday. The fixture will take place at 11:00 pm on 3rd January at Old Trafford. Both teams will play their 19th match in the Premier League. Manchester United wants to fight for a place in the top four. Whereas Wolves want to be in the top half of the Premier League.

Manchester United are currently 7th in the Premier League table. United can go above West Ham if they win this fixture. They enter this fixture after a good 3-1 win against Burnley. They will want to get the three points to put pressure on Arsenal for their match against Manchester City.

Manchester United Premier League form: W W W D W

Wolves have not stepped onto the pitch since their 0-0 draw against Chelsea. They face a Covid outbreak in their camp and got two matches postponed. However, they have shown great defensive performances in the league this season. Consequently, they will look forward to depending on their defense in this fixture as well.

Wolves Premier League form before their match postponements: D L L W D

Team News

Manchester United vs Wolves: The Red Devils team news

The positive news for United is that Bruno Fernandes will return from his suspension as he missed the match against Burnley. Raphael Varane is set to get a nod from the manager to start against Wolves. However, Paul Pogba still remains out and sidelined with his thigh injury.

Victor Lindelof’s presence is uncertain as he tested positive a day before United played Newcastle. Moreover, Eric Bailly picked up a knock against Burnley and will soon be off to play the African Cup Of Nations. Diogo Dalot is also likely to get the nod ahead of Wan-Bissaka as he played the full game against Burnley and the manager may choose to rest him.

Manchester United possible starting line-up

David de Gea; Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Fred; Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes; Edinson Cavani, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Wolves vs Manchester United: The Wanderers team news

Bruno Lage is yet to learn who is available for him against United. He will assess the situation on weekend and will confirm if there are any absentees. However, there are a few players who will miss the game for sure because of their injuries.

Jonny Castro and Pedro Neto will miss the match as a result of their knee injury. Moreover, Hwang Hee-Chan and Yerson Mosquera are also confirmed absentees as both are suffering from hamstring injuries. Rayan Ait-Nouri is also battling a groin injury. Willy Boly will also the match as he is facing a calf injury.

Wolves possible starting line-up (without major COVID absentees)

Jose Sa; Maximilian Kilman, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss; Ki Hoever, Leander Dedoncker, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Fernando Marcal: Raul Jimenez, Daniel Podence

Our Prediction

Manchester United 2-1 Wolves

Wolves have caused trouble to even the big teams and is a strong team to score against. They held Chelsea for a draw and let Liverpool and City score only one goal each. However, United may have a bit of an advantage here as they are facing an injured and covid struck Wolves side.

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