After a goalless draw at Molineux, Manchester United and Wolves face each other again in their FA Cup third-round replay.
Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Key Stat: Manchester City are the only away team to have won at Old Trafford in United’s last 15 home matches.
Expert Verdict: Manchester United roared back to form at home to struggling Norwich last time out and, after lacking ideas against Wolves in the original tie, the hosts have a chance to continue their return to form. They will have one eye on Sunday's clash with Liverpool, but Wolves have hit a blip in form too and - at Old Trafford - this is United's game to lose.
With one eye on the forthcoming match at Anfield against Liverpool, there is likely to be some rotation in this Manchester United team. Injuries to Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo, as well as Jesse Lingard’s illness do restrict options, however. Harry Maguire returned at the weekend, but might not be risked for this one.
Anthony Martial – Scored in the win against Norwich at the weekend and could be asked to lead the line again with Marcus Rashford among those likely to be rested for the weekend.
Mason Greenwood – The teenager has scored ten goals in all competitions so far this season and this is set to be another opportunity for him to continue to impress.
Juan Mata – Two assists in the win against Norwich at the weekend shows he still has plenty to offer to this United team.
Manchester United backed back from their 3-1 Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg defeat to Manchester City by beating struggling Norwich at the weekend – United’s first win of 2020. Marcus Rashford, who scored United’s goal against City, netted twice and Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood added to the scoreline for a comfortable 4-0 home win.
Defenders:Ashley Young, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Brandon Williams
Defensive Midfielders:Andreas Pereira, Nemanja Matic
Attacking Midfielders:Daniel James, Mason Greenwood, Juan Mata
Diogo Jota is out pending further scans on his thigh injury but Willy Boly is closing in on a return. Despite being semi-finalists last season, Wolves rotated their squad for the initial tie and players like Max Kilman could come back onto the team again.
Raul Jimenez – Only featured as a second-half substitute for the original tie at Molineux, but the Mexican striker could be key if he leads the line in this tie.
Ruben Neves – Key to the midfield battle, if he can control proceedings against the likes of Matic and Pereira, Wolves can dictate possession.
Matt Doherty – The tireless wing-back is a key part of Wolves’ formation and needs to keep United pinned back if Wolves are to take the game to them.
Wolves have now gone four matches without a win, failing to build on beating Manchester City. They lost 1-0 to Liverpool and 2-1 at Watford in their next two matches and that has been followed by two draws – a goalless draw with Manchester United in the original match of this FA Cup tie and then a 1-1 draw with Newcastle at the weekend in which Leander Dendoncker scored an early equaliser.
Defenders:Roman Saiss, Conor Coady, Max Kilman
Midfielders:Matt Doherty, Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker, Ruben Vinagre
Forwards:Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez, Pedro Neto
Wolves have not lost to Manchester United since their Premier League return last season. In five matches since – three in the Premier League and two in the FA Cup – Wolves have won twice and drawn three times. So far this season, the two teams have drawn 1-1 at Molineux in the league and then shared a goalless draw there in the original match of this tie. In the league game, Anthony Martial put United in front, but Ruben Neves equalised.
Here are the results of the last five competitive matches:
Jan 04, 2020: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Manchester United (FAC)
Aug 19, 2019: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Manchester United
Apr 02, 2019: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Manchester United
Mar 16, 2019: Wolverhampton Wanerers 2-0 Manchester United (FAC)
Sep 22, 2018: Manchester United 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Manchester United got back to winning ways at the weekend, scoring four goals against struggling Norwich to restore a little confidence after their pride took a battering in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.
Marcus Rashford’s fine goalscoring form continued and Harry Maguire’s return at centre-back coincided with a clean sheet.
Both could be rested for this game, however, with one eye on the match against Liverpool at Anfield next weekend.
Wolves, however, also rested players for the original tie at Molineux as players like Max Kilman came back into the team.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have not won in four matches now either after dropping points at home to Newcastle in their most recent match.
That followed defeat to Watford in their previous league game – fixtures sandwiched by the drab goalless draw when these teams last met.
If United can continue the goalscoring touch they showed against Norwich, the hosts can win this game and continue their little resurgence in form.
The big question will be how rotation effects each team. Only Manchester City, in that aforementioned Carabao Cup semi-final, have beaten United in the last 15 matches at Old Trafford, however, and home advantage could be key.
United, at home, are favourites to win.
Manchester United are odds-on favourites to beat Wolves at home in this FA Cup third-round replay. They can be backed at 19/20 to win with Bet365, Ladbrokes, Betfair, Betway, 10Bet and 888sport.
The first leg was a drab goalless draw and under 2.5 goals in this tie will return 20/23 with Betfair.
You can also bet against both teams to score at 26/25 with 888sport.
Marcus Rashford is United’s in-form striker and he is 7/5 to score at any time with 888sport but, if he is rested, Antony Martial at 17/10 and Mason Greenwood at 2/1 – again with 888sport – both look good bets instead.
Manchester United got back to winning ways at the weekend, and with Wolves suffering a blip in form, the hosts can book their fourth-round place.