Published On: Mon, Aug 19th, 2019

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WOLVES 0-0 MAN UTD

Wolves XI: Patricio, Doherty, Boly, Coady, Bennett, Jonny, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Neves, Jota, Jimenez

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Pogba, James, Lingard, Martial, Rashford

  • Wolves unchanged from the side who drew with Leicester last week
  • Winger Daniel James starts ahead of midfielder Andreas Pereira

WOLVES 0-0 MAN UTD

8: Conor Coady with an early cruncher on Anthony Martial. Referee Jon Moss allows it but that looked a cut-and-dry free-kick to me.

Manchester United controlling these opening stages. Wolves are content to concede the bulk of possession and hit the visitors on the counter. Why change a winning formula?

5: I didn’t mention that VAR is in use this evening. Partly because we all know that anyway, but mostly because I’m one of the dinosaurs that doesn’t like it in its current form. That’s the last I’ll complain about it… until it rears its head again.

3: Oh this is frantic. Challenges flying in from all angles with neither side allowing the other to settle. Wolves fans seem particularly happy when Daniel James is thrown to the deck. Is there some beef that I’m not aware of?

WOLVES 0-0 MAN UTD

1: “Hi Ho Wolverhampton,” is sung loudly by home supporters. Always love an evening game at Molineux. We’re underway folks!

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

Here they come!

19:57: We were treated to a lights show at Molineux folks! No fireworks but flamethrowers were aplenty and that’ll do nicely for me.

Players going through the handshakes. It’s nearly time for what should be an absolute corker. I have very high hopes indeed.

Twitter round-up

Loser92: I can’t see Manchester United getting anything from this game. Wolves defeated the red devils twice at Molineux last season and I expect them to continue their good run against the side from Old Trafford. 2-1 to the home side.

Kyle: Really excited about tonight’s game both sides are really good going forward. The front four of Manchester United’s is exciting and full of pace. I think they will edge it 2-1 if Wolves win they will take control of midfield their 3 in midfield are fantastic.

Think you should change your handle, Loser92.

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

Ten-minute warning

19:53: Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher are still busy analysing anything and everything on Monday Night Football – but football is imminent with the players arriving in the tunnel.

Wolves usually treat us to a lights show but it’s actually a very pleasant, right evening in the midlands. So my fireworks wishes look like they’ll have to wait a few months.

We’re confident

19:50: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “Wolves are a hard team to break down. They defend deep and they don’t give you a lot space.

“But our form, our attitude and the mood of course after a win is great, so we go into this game confident.”

Solskjaer also joked that Molineux was not a happy hunting-ground for him having visited three times and lost on every occasion.

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

Compare that with…

19:45: Wolves captain Conor Coady, who has personally written to all 48 fans who made the 6,370-mile round trip to their Europa League match in Armenia.

He thanked all those who attended personally (and signed each letter) – and expressly said that this was “not a publicity stunt”.

A brief word from Nuno…

19:40: And I mean really brief. You can tell Wolves boss Nuno can’t be bothered with programme notes.

Exhibit A is tonight’s programme, where his message to supporters is 59 words long. And yes, I really counted it out.

Should you wish to read this impressive epilogue – I’ve posted the tweet below. Not sure if I used the word epilogue correctly – but we’re going with it.

Twitter round-up

Garry: Judging by Alexis Sanchez’s last tournament, and his pay check, I’d keep him under observation for the next six months.

Max: With great power come great responsibility. Wolves invested heavily to get to where they find themselves at the moment. They should relish every opportunity and make it count.

Samuel: Sanchez was purchased primarily to keep him out of the grasp of arch rivals Man City. To avoid the risk of city becoming too potent in attack. His style and preferred playing position do not fit within the current structure. He should leave for his own sake and Manchester United.

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

Mondays

19:35: So work this one out…

Wolves have never won a Premier League game on a Monday in five previous attempts

The Red Devils have won 68% of their Premier League games played on a Monday

Right… well if we’re to take these Monday-ish stats seriously – then it looks like a Manchester United win. Yeah? Who’s on board? Me neither. Forget this nonsense.

Barometer…

19:30: It’ll be really interesting to see how far Manchester United have come since last season.

I wouldn’t say United hit rock-bottom when losing 2-1 twice in 18 days to Wolves last season – but it was a low point.

Now, with three new signings through the door (and all starting) Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be able to see improvements against a Wolves side, who are consistent as gravity.

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

Twitter round-up

Sully: Alexis Sanchez should be allowed stay and prove himself, we all know what he can do, we saw that with Arsenal and Chile at the Copa America.

Sandy: Made up for James, reckon he can cause some problems tonight and give Rashford and Martial freedom in the middle.

Callum: It’s a pacy front three but it will be useless because Manchester United will have the ball but Wolves will just sit deep and be compact waiting for a chance to counter. We absolutely need Paul Pogba to be at his best because he is the only good creative player in the side!

All excellent points. Well all with the exception of Sully. Sanchez has had enough chances. It’s a sell, sell, sell situation in my eyes.

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

So… Alexis

19:20: Alexis Sanchez’s agent, who must either be a genius or a very capable blackmailer, has held talks with Manchester United on behalf of Inter Milan.

The Serie A side are reported to be interested in signing the 30-year-old on a season-long loan with the option to buy.

Apparently Inter would be prepared to pay £15.5million for Sanchez next year – should the deal go smoothly.

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

Give youth a chance

19:15: The average age of Manchester United’s starting XI tonight is 24 years and 173 days – the youngest in the Premier League this season and their youngest in the competition since the final day of the 2016-17 campaign (22y 284d vs Crystal Palace).

What was it that Alan Hansen said? You can’t win anything with kids…

I know he said that in 1995 but it will forever go down in history at Michael Fish blunder level in my eyes.

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

Team News

19:10: Quick and easy team news this evening.

Wolves start back to the same side that started in the 0-0 draw against Leicester, having made nine changes for last Thursday’s Europa League win over Pyunik.

As for Manchester United, there’s just one change with summer signing Daniel James replacing Andreas Pereira.

No sign of Alexis Sanchez… but there’s a reason for that. And I’ll let you know what it is in just a few minutes. What a tease…

Awkward fixture…

19:05: Gary Neville: “This is one of those awkward fixtures that tells you whether you’re going to have a good season. Most top clubs would rate beating Wolves at Molineux as a really good result.”

Well he’s right to call it awkward.

Wolves were undefeated in three matches against Manchester United in all competitions last season. The Red Devils have also lost more Premier League away games at Wolves than they have won (W2, L3).

The only other three teams they’ve faced at least five times away and have a negative record against are Chelsea, Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday.

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

The sides

19:00: Line-ups announced. Surprises? None. Well, none aside from Daniel James starting I suppose.

Wolves XI: Patricio, Doherty, Boly, Coady, Bennett, Jonny, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Neves, Jota, Jimenez.

Subs: Ruddy, Neto, Cutrone, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Vinagre, Traore.

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Pogba, James, Lingard, Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Mata, Young, Pereira, Greenwood, Matic, Tuanzebe.

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

To Alexis or not…

18:58: Somehow, someway, Alexis Sanchez has made the headlines.

The Chilean has been paid an astonishing £41million since signing for Manchester United in January 2018 – which works out at £8.2m for each of the five goals he has scored for the club.

That’s not the news by the way – the news is that he’s in contention to make the squad tonight. I just found the money stuff more interesting.

Greatest story ever…

18:55: You may have missed this over the weekend – but trust me – it’s a superb story.

Amateur footballer Lee Todd received the quickest red card in history, timed at two seconds, for using foul language towards a referee.

He shouted “f**k me, that was loud” when the referee who was standing right next to him, blew the whistle to start the game.

I promise that’s true!

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

Evening…

18:50: Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Wolves vs Manchester United.

Not sure if you noticed – but I was struck down by a vicious bout of man flu over the weekend. Nasty stuff that saw me restricted to the couch – making unreasonable demands and making sure everyone knew I’d been struck down in my prime.

I do hope it didn’t impact on your lives too much…

Anyway, now that I’ve officially told everyone – let’s get started on tonight’s showdown at Molineux.

Manchester United travel to Wolves looking to build on their emphatic 4-0 victory over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea while Nuno Espírito Santo will be eager to continue his fine run against the Red Devils.

More on that and plenty more coming up folks. Standby for team news…

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

Wolves vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

WOLVES vs MAN UTD – TEAM NEWS

Wolves are expected to recall a host of players to face Manchester United after their Europa League win against FC Pyunik.

Strikers Pedro Neto and Patrick Cutrone impressed on Thursday but Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota, who scored a spectacular fourth goal in the 4-0 Europa League victory, should return.

Rui Patricio, Ryan Bennett, Ruben Neves, Jonny and Matt Doherty are also set to be recalled by boss Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Monday’s trip to Molineux.

The Premier League season got under way with a 4-0 win against Chelsea last weekend and the Norwegian expects to have the same options for the match against Nuno’s men.

Alexis Sanchez and Fred are building fitness after disrupted pre-seasons, while Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah remain sidelined through injury.



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