Manchester United will head to the West Midlands in our second away game of the Premier League 2021/22 season at Wolves on Sunday afternoon. The match kicks off at 16:30PM BST. The game can be watched live in the UK on Sky Sports with coverage starting at 16:00PM.
The Return of Cristiano Ronaldo
The travelling United fans will be in a celebratory mood after one of the most dramatic Friday’s seen at the club as we pulled off an incredible deal to bring back our former player Cristiano Ronaldo. It had been reported at the start of yesterday that the United legend was heading across to our rivals Manchester City. Once this news had broken, United was then in running to do the deal themselves. Hours later, an agreement had been made between us and Juventus to bring one of our greatest players back to Old Trafford.
Ronaldo will not join up with his new teammates until after the international break. Therefore he will not be involved in the game tomorrow at Molineux. His arrival has created an even bigger buzz at United and the fact we stopped our rivals Manchester City from getting their hands on him makes it even sweeter.
Unbeaten Away From Home
United could only muster a 1-1 draw against Southampton last weekend in a disappointing display. This result had dampened our opening day win against Leeds, inspired by a Bruno Fernandes hattrick. The trip to the St. Mary’s will be looked at as two points dropped rather than gaining a point. The draw also meant we had equalled Arsenal’s record of 27 Premier League away games unbeaten. If the Red Devils were not to lose at Molineux on Sunday, then we would have the longest unbeaten away record in English Football League history. We have not lost away from home since January 2020.
100th Premier League Game In Charge for Ole
It is also another landmark day for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær as he takes charge of his 100th game for the club. The United board have backed our manager with a new long term contract with stats backing up what he has done at the club so far. Solskjær is one of eight other United managers to have managed 100 games or more. He has won 52 of the previous 99 games he has managed, only bettered by Ernest Magnall.
The aim is now to win trophies and games against Wolves who have yet to score a goal and have no points in the league are matches that United need to win if we are truly to challenge for the title this season. On paper, the squad we have assembled is more than capable of doing this following the arrival of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and now Ronaldo. We cannot underestimate our opponents who will provide us with a tough test.
Manchester United Team News
For United, we will have to wait a little longer to see Ronaldo back in the red shirt. However, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær could hand Raphael Varane his debut for the club at Wolves. He did not feature against Southampton but could lineup in the centre of the defence with captain Harry Maguire.
Our other new summer signing Jadon Sancho will be pushing for a starting place having previously come off the bench in our last two games. Solskjær has an array of attacking talent at his disposal and so it will be interesting to see who is given the nod. Mason Greenwood has scored in both Premier League games and therefore is not expected to lose his place. He could move into the middle of the park, which would mean that Sancho will be on the right-wing. This would see Anthony Martial drop down to the bench.
Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba are expected to retain their place in the starting eleven. Pogba already has five assists after two Premier League games. This drew him level with Ronaldo with 34 assists for United.
Fred and Nemanja Matić are likely to be playing in central midfield on Sunday as Scott McTominay is currently out with a groin injury. Marcus Rashford, Alex Telles, Dean Henderson and Phil Jones remain out. Edinson Cavani is in line to be in the matchday squad after returning from his extended break.
Manchester United’s Predicted Lineup
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Matic; Sancho, Fernandes, Pogba, and Greenwood.
After two back to back defeats in the Premier League, Wolves currently sit 16th in the Premier League. They are one of five teams who have yet to register a point and have also not scored a goal either. Wolves have attempted 42 shots on goal in the first two league games, only bettered by Liverpool. The chances are being created but the problem they are finding is putting them away.
Wolves did gain a 4-0 win in midweek as they beat Nottingham Forest in the second round of the Carabao Cup as they were four different goalscorers. They will have another reunion with former manager Nuno Espirito Santo as they face Tottenham in the next round.
With defeats against Tottenham and Leicester City, they have now lost five consecutive league games, which includes the end of last season. It has not been since 2012 that Wolves have suffered six defeats in a row. Their home record is not much better having lost five of the last seven, which will not give them much confidence going into Sunday’s game.
Wolves Team News
Our opponents are still without long-term absentees Jonny and Pedro Neto. There was better news on the injury front when Daniel Podence made his return by scoring a goal in the Carabao Cup game against Nottingham Forest. Willy Boly and Yerson Mosquera have returned to training and could feature in the match-day squad. Raul Jimenez is now back playing after fracturing his skull last season. Jimenez and Adama Traore have had most shots in the first two league games without scoring.
Manchester United Premier League form: WD
Wolves Premier League form: LL
Wolves form (all competitions): LLW
- Manchester United have lost just one of their last eight Premier League meetings with Wolves (W4 D3), going down 2-1 at Molineux in April 2019. (source: Opta)
- Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 27 Premier League away games (W17 D10) – if they avoid defeat here they will set a new record for longest unbeaten away run in English Football League history. (source: Opta)
- Ole Gunnar Solskjær will become the ninth manager to take charge of 100 top-flight games for Manchester United in this match. Of the previous eight, only Matt Busby and Tommy Docherty won their 100th game in charge, with five of those managers losing their milestone match, including Alex Ferguson in April 1989. (source: Opta)
- Mason Greenwood has scored in both of Manchester United’s opening two games of the 2021-22 Premier League season, netting once against Leeds United and Southampton. He could become just the second teenager to score in his team’s opening three games of a Premier League campaign, after Robbie Fowler for Liverpool in 1994-95. (source: Opta)
Previous games between United and Wolves have been tight affairs. Out of the last nine matches between each other, it has not been decided by more than one goal. This match is likely to be another close one. United’s firepower in their attack should see us come away with the win.
Wolves 1-2 Manchester United