Man Utd vs Wolves: lineups: Confirmed team news and predicted XIs Manchester United and Wolves meet at Molineux on Monday night, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has plenty of selection dilemmas to entertain.
United recovered from a slow start in their opening game of the new Premier League season to eventually thrash Chelsea 4-0, with Solskjaer’s side punishing Frank Lampard’s men on the counter at Old Trafford.
Chelsea played right into United’s hands with their attacking setup coupled with a lack of cover in defence, with Paul Pogba picking off the Blues at will in the second half as Lampard’s side chased the game.
It is unlikely that Wolves will be so welcoming at Molineux as the weekend action concludes, especially considering Nuno Espirito Santo’s side went three games unbeaten against the Red Devils last season.
With the exception of Eric Bailly, who is facing another lengthy spell on the sidelines, United have a clean bill of health and Solskjaer will be under pressure to pick the same starting XI which beat Chelsea.
The Norwegian may be tempted to bring Nemanja Matic back into the fold in place of Andreas Pereira.
Despite the Brazilian’s impressive showing vs Chelsea, Matic’s presence may be needed in what is likely to be a crucial midfield tussle – but Pereira will still be confident of keeping his place.
Elsewhere, Alexis Sanchez is working back to match fitness but could well be on his way out of the club, while young goalkeeper Joel Pereira has left the club on loan for Hearts.
Axel Tuanzebe was selected on the bench against Chelsea as United’s back-up centre-back with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling left out, and could be included in the 18-man squad once again.
Of the forward line against Chelsea, Jesse Lingard was the quietest – and Solskjaer may opt for either Juan Mata’s nous or Daniel James’ pace instead.
James got off the mark with a goal on his debut off the bench against Chelsea, and his impressive showing could lead to a first start.
Fred is also back in training, but is an unlikely starter – or even a bench option, for that matter.