Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Preview

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The greatest tonic for a shock defeat is a relatively straightforward fixture as soon as possible. That’s what Manchester United have when Wolverhampton Wanderers visit Old Trafford later on this evening. After two straight wins, the first time that has happened in the top flight for 26 years, Wolves will not be short on belief especially after the 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, and United will be looking to bounce back in emphatic fashion against the newly promoted side.

Mick McCarthy will be bringing his men up the M6 for just under 100 miles, in high spirits the victory at the weekend coupled with United’s defeat will have Wolves believing they have travelled to face United at the perfect time. The well-publicised injury crisis has ravaged the Manchester United squad, and it looks like there will be the usual 50 absentees for the game this evening.

Tomasz Kuszczak will continue in goal as Edwin van der Sar is still out with a knee injury.

The defence against Aston Villa saw Wes Brown rushed back from his latest setback and he never looked comfortable. He should continue to partner Vidic at the back despite this. Rafael could make the bench, as Darren Fletcher will reprise his role at right-back. The left side is, as always, taken by the magnificent Patrice Evra.

The latest recipient of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Ryan Giggs will not be risked after tweaking his hamstring against Villa. I would expect Obertan to be given another start, alongside Carrick, Anderson and Valencia. Though Gibson will be looking for a recall to the team.

Michael Owen must wonder what he has to do to earn his place in the team, dropped after scoring a European hat-trick, but he should be restored to the first team against Wolves. Partnered by the ever-present Wayne Rooney, who will be looking to make amends for his horrendous attempt at diving during the game on Saturday.

Mick McCarthy was in jovial mood when asked about the game,

“They must be thinking ‘Wolves are coming and we have just been beaten by Villa… If ever there is a chance to get yourself back on track it is to slap these insolent little so and so’s coming up from the Black Country and we are going to give them the biggest doing they have ever had.”

Despite this Wolves will be without Michael Kightly and Andrew Keogh, out with ankle injuries, David Edwards will also join them on the sidelines. Former United youth player Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, will again be looking to impress his former employers, while United must be wary of Wolves’ record signing Kevin Doyle, who got the early winner against Tottenham at the weekend.

A win against Wolves would take Sir Alex Ferguson’s side level on points with Premier League leaders Chelsea for 24 hours at least. Wolves’ last win away to Manchester United came on 9 February 1980. The match will also be Sir Alex Ferguson’s 900th league match in charge of the Red Devils.

United should bounce back as they always do after a defeat and this will be no different, as in the Carling Cup match earlier on in the season where United triumphed 1-0.

Prediction: 3-0 United

Probable Line Up: Kuszczak; Fletcher, Brown, Vidic, Evra; Obertan, Carrick, Anderson, Valencia; Owen, Rooney

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513 Comments

  1. @Grognard: Like Scholes who you treat like shit mate and Gary Neville??? and to Craig Beckham is a selfish publicity seeking whore who turned has back on the club because his wife controls him United legend never.
    Grog typical of you to blame Fergie rather than the players, Stam slagged players off in his book and then was banned for drugs, Keane was fucked and played about 10 games more after he left, Ruud fell out with Ronaldo and Fergie sided with the Portuguese good decision I think we would aqll say and Beckham turned down numerous contracts and wanted to leave simple.

  2. @CraigMc: What about all those games before Wolfsburg? What’s his excuse for benching him then and not even having him dressed on the bench? Fergie is a great man and manager but he is also a pathological liar to the press and fans. I for one cannot trust anything he says. Not always a bad thing but certainly a problem when it comes to gaining faith in the man when he speaks. Nani is under lock and key in Fergie’s version of the Tower of London.

  3. @Stephen: Not fair mate. I watch games because of players, not managers. I follow teams because of players, not managers. Beckham was treated incredibly unfair. He was always professional, always worked hard and his lifestyle and mariage never ever got in the way of his desire and dedication towards the game. Problem was that Fergie couldn’t stand his lifestyle and thought he was a distraction. Fergie didn’t like Becks because Becks was larger than life. So he intentionally sabotaged the lad. And what he did to Keano was terrible also. After what Roy Keane had given to the team, Fergie should never have let him go just because he spoke out about a few poor performances. Keane was frustrated because he was injured and could not contribute or help the team snap out of it’s slumber. Fergie saw it as a threat to his authority and sold him. Stam did write some things but even Fergie has come out and said that what he wrote had nothing to do with his sale. He in fact regrets to this day selling Stam as he was convinced that the Dutchman was on his way down when in fact he still had some good years left in him and he showed this at Milan.

    As for RVN, the most prolific striker this team has had since Law, he was treated terribly in his final year and benched during key matches all due to a bust up on the practice pitch with Ronaldo. You do not throw your best scorer to the lions just because of a training ground bust up. All of a sudden the useless Louis Saha was getting more games and starting the League Cup final. RVN is a great scorer but his ego was also large. This caused him to overreact and take things very personally. He questioned the Boss and that got him sold. Fine, I was not happy with it but I still think Fergie treated him unfairly. Fergie is the Boss and has the right to do whatever he likes, but there is no law that says I have to like it. I loved Beckham and Keano and I felt they were treated terribly considering the years and sacrifice, loyalty and devotion they showed the club. Fergie loves qualities like that, but only if you keep your mouth shut and live your life like a saint. Yet Ronaldo and Rooney have been allowed to get away with far more crap than Beckham ever did. Double standards are obvious here mate, too bad you cannot see them.

  4. @Grognard: I don’t agree Keane was finished and you have called Scholes and Neveille to retire because you say they are finished, Keane played 10 games further in a pub league in Scotland so he could hardly cut it in the Prem.
    Also it was either Ronaldo or Ruud we all belive Fergie chose wisely there mate, Stam said the Neveilles ere busy cunts and said Fergie tapped him up whoi= really was at fault?
    Beckham’s form was dipping he turned down numerous contract offers and his wife wanted out of Manchester, he wanted to promote brand Beckham which he did frequently and his sole focus was not football it was best for both parties Beckham did want out and Fergie also wanted him out so best all round.

  5. @Stephen: Sorry mate, but once Beckham got onto that football field for United, HIS SOLE FOCUS was football. Everybody knows it was and still is Beckham is a Red Devil legend!

  6. @Grognard: Fergie was jealous of Becks because BECKS GOT MORE ATTENTION than Fergie – end of. SAF didn’t like that and took umbridge 🙄

  7. @Stephen: What does that matter – I will be there that night 🙄 . I have a few month old baby mate, and a partner with post natal blues, my days will return to get to games every week when the missus gets better!

  8. @Stephen: Your wrong mate, but you just keep on believing that. I will always love Becks, he was the player I loved going to OT to see. Anyway, we probably don’t like the players you exalt as legends – ROONEY for one 🙄

  9. @Grognard: 😆 😆 😆 , and I organised the salford lads to get me my ticket, and a family member to stay with the missus while I am away that weekend – errr so I am in for a boring match by your reckoning Grog – typical! One of the few times I have been able to go since my daughters birth – oh well! The good days of my frequenting the terraces again will come in the early new year 😆

  10. Errrr what I meant to say Grog is that I will be going to the midweek CL game, and staying over the weekend – not seen my folks back in Manc land for a while 😀

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