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Match Preview: Wolverhampton vs Manchester United

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Wolverhampton host Manchester United in the first Monday game of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.

Manchester United travel to Wolverhampton after an impressive 4-0 victory over Chelsea in their season opener last weekend.

The Red Devils face a tough test on Monday night against one of the candidates for a Top 6 finish this season.

Wolverhampton opened their 2019-20 Premier League campaign with a goalless draw at Leicester City. They thrashed Pyunik 4-0 in the Europa League qualifiers mid-week and progressed into the playoff, where they’ll face Serie A side, Torino.

Team news

Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez are expected to return in Wolves’ starting XI, after starting on the bench in the Europa League encounter vs Pyunic last Thursday.

Petro Neto and Patrick Cutrone impressed against the Armenian side, but will probably wait for their chance from the bench tomorrow evening.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have the same players who featured against Chelsea, available for their trip to the Molineux Stadium.

This means Eric Bailly is out through injury, while Fred and Alexis Sanchez are still not fit to play their first game in the new season.

What did the managers say

Nuno Espirito Santo hailed his players after the 4-0 victory over Pyunic earlier this week.

“It wasn’t easy. Pyunik started the game very well again. I’ve spoken to their coach and wish them all the best for the future,” he said via Independent.

“I thought all my players did a very good job, not just the new players. The second-half display was very good.

“It was a good game. I think we started the game normally because some players take more time. As the game went by we started performing better and the second half was very, very good.”

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says there is a positive change in the players’ attitude on the field at the start of the new Premier League season.

“I know physical stats are not a lot to go from but there is a shift from this first league game and the Chelsea match three games from the end of last season,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

“How much more we run now compared to then is encouraging. We’ve got energy, it’s still early doors, and we’re working hard on fitness still.”

“The players have a chance every day to prove you should be part of this exciting future, and to be part of this club you have to give everything. The attitude of every single one of the lads this season has been spot on. That’s been maybe the most encouraging part for me.”


Manchester United failed to beat Wolverhampton in any of the three games they played against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. (1D and 2L)

The Red Devils visited the Molineux Stadium twice in the 2018-19 campaign, losing both games with the same result – 2:1.

Wolverhampton are looking to win three consecutive top-flight games at Molineux for the first time since November 1980.

The Wolves are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games, noting six wins (including one against United) and two draws in the process.

Anthony Martial has scored 49 goals for Manchester United in all competitions, he could become the 53rd player to reach a half-century for the club.