Manchester United vs Wolves 2020 English FA Cup Manchester United will move to top of the Premier League table with a win over Wolves at Molineux
The Reds’ emphatic victory over Chelsea on August 11 means a win against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side by any margin will be enough to move them above current leaders Liverpool on goal difference.
Long-term absentees Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are the only players unavailable to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as both men continue with their recovery from serious knee injuries.free signup online hd tv
Some will doubtless ask ‘why change a winning formula?’ and there is a simple answer: Andreas Pereira. He just about salvaged an otherwise wasteful performance against Chelsea with the pinpoint cross for Anthony Martial’s goal but Pereira was otherwise overwhelmed.
Wolves is a clash of the counter-attackers and United are bound to have more of the ball, so it is an early test of how comfortable they are playing in a ‘controlled’ style. Paul Pogba is a proven lock-picker but they need another against a compact Wolves defence and Juan Mata is much more adept at that than Pereira.
Mata did not start in either of the defeats at Wolves last season and the pace of the game is unlikely to be as high as the stretched Chelsea contest.
United’s challenge against Wolves will be entirely different to the one posed by Chelsea last week. Wolves are smart and compact and unlikely, given their raucous home backing at Molineux, to leave spaces for Solskjaer’s side to exploit on the break. They were all of those things in the two wins against the Reds last season.
United must take control of the midfield region, even if that appears the weakest area of their squad this season.
I’d be tempted to shift Jesse Lingard into a more central area, given how well he looked after the ball against Chelsea. It’s then a call between Daniel James and Mason Greenwood on the right and I think James deserves it after his debut goal last week. This United team would certainly possess the pace to give Wolves’ solid defence plenty of problems.