Manchester United and Wolves both earned positive draws last time out but face tough clash here
Manchester United to win 2-1
Manchester United will feel more disappointed than Leicester at their 2-2 draw in the previous round of fixtures following Christmas, with the Red Devils having the better of the chances to win the game outright.
The draw kept them in the top four, with the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea all dropping precious points at this stage of the season.
United have enjoyed several tight clashes with Wolves over the past few seasons since the Midlands side were promoted to the Premier League, with three of the last four fixtures ending as a draw.
Wolves themselves have remained a tough side to play against, though not quite to the same levels as their fantastic season last year. They fully deserved their point against Tottenham, having pinned them back for much of the match, although they remain in the bottom half of the table after a run of mixed form.
This is sure to be an interesting fixture in their final match of 2020.
Form Guide (all comps): DWWWD
Reasons to be cheerful:
Deserved to beat Leicester despite giving up the lead twice
Top players are in great form
Reasons to be fearful:
Haven’t beaten Wolves in the league since their promotion
Injury concerns to Rashford – two defenders missing
Manchester United will monitor the fitness of Marcus Rashford coming into this one after the forward injured his shoulder against Leicester. They’ll also miss both Wan-Bissaka and Lindelof in defence through injury.
Nevertheless, United will hope they have the players to replace and rotate their stars, with several in top form at the moment.
Pogba and Cavani both started on the bench against Leicester, meaning one or both could start here. Either Bailly or Tuanzebe could cover for the two injured defenders.
The Red Devils must find a way of beating Wolves, having not managed it four attempts since the latter were promoted three seasons ago, with two draws and two defeats coming during that time.
However, if United harbour hopes of keeping pace at the top of the table, these are the matches they must win.
Star Man – Bruno Fernandes
Yet another goal and assist combination from the Portuguese midfielder against Leicester – United can’t afford to rest him currently.
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Reasons to be cheerful
Fully deserved their point against Spurs
Have a good record over United in recent years
Reasons to be fearful
Still struggling to score goals
United have their sights set high this season
Wolves are one of the most feared teams in the league, especially for the traditional Big Six clubs who the Midlands side has a terrific record against.
Manchester United are one of those sides, and Wolves will be determined to continue their good record against the Red Devils – aside from a cup replay, they haven’t lost to United since gaining promotion.
They continue to score goals this season, however. Despite all of their good possession and chances against Spurs, they left it until the 86th minute to grab an equaliser. Their 15 goals scored is by far the lowest of any team occupying the top 12 positions in the league.
Wolves have a good, young and energetic side, but United have proved in recent weeks that they can run as much as anyone, and The Wanderers will have their work cut out here.
Star Man – Pedro Neto
Was a constant thorn in Spurs’ side in the last match. His quick, skilful play can cause United problems
Should be a tighter game of football than United have enjoyed recently
Both teams will still get chances
United slight favourites
United have conceded two goals in each of their last three league games, but do Wolves have the firepower to do the same?
The team from Manchester have conceded the most amount of goals in the top 12, but Wolves have scored the fewest.
It should be a tight game, but with the firepower that United have, even if Rashford is missing, they should have too much for Wolves here.
Manchester United to win 2-1