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Wolverhampton Wanderers FC vs Manchester United FC, Premier League 2022-2023, Today Match Prediction

Wolverhampton, West Midlands, Molineux Stadium

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Manchester United seek to extend winning run away to Wolves

  • Manchester United are looking to win three games on the bounce
  • Erik ten Hag has recovered from a tough start to take them to the verge of the top four
  • Wolves won their first game under new management but remain in the bottom three

Manchester United to win 2-1

Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Wolverhampton, West Midlands, Molineux Stadium

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Manchester United took a step closer to the top four of the Premier League with a comfortable win over Nottingham Forest in their first game back after the World Cup.

It was their first game in the post-Ronaldo era at Old Trafford and already they appeared happier and more together without the divisive figure. 

There is still much to do in order to reclaim the glory of past years, but Erik ten Hag has them moving in the right direction. A win here could propel them into the top four.

Wolves are also feeling the benefits of appointing a new manager, with Julen Lopetegui leading the Wanderers to a rare win over Everton.

The West Midlands club remain in the bottom three but have the resources available to push up the table if confidence remains high.

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Reasons to be cheerful:

     Beat Manchester United in their last game in January

     Aiming for consecutive wins in the Premier League for the first time since March

Reasons to be fearful:

     On the verge of losing for a 10th time at home in 2022

     Haven’t beaten a team positioned above 17th place this season

Wolves took their time in appointing a new manager but appear to have made the right choice with former Spain and Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui.

He’s a man with vast experience of top-level management and has the credentials to turn Wolves into a team that can challenge for the top half once again.

Although they needed a 95th-minute winner against Everton, the confidence they will gain from this will be huge. Now at home, their fans will have an opportunity to get behind their new manager fully.

They won their most recent fixture against United, a 1-0 victory when their opponents played under Ralf Rangnick, although have lost their last two meetings at Molineux.

Here, Daniel Podence could miss out through injury, although Boubacar Toure and Jonny are in contention to make a return after a spell on the sidelines.

Star Man – Joao Moutinho

To play well against Manchester United, you need to control the midfield. Moutinho is a master of passing and tempo and has a good record against Wolves’ opponents this weekend, scoring twice against United.

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Reasons to be cheerful

     Aiming for five consecutive wins in all competitions 

     World Cup players have returned in fine form

Reasons to be fearful

     Have conceded a joint-league high of 39 away goals in 2022

     Often find Wolves a tough team to play against

Despite losing both of his opening games as Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag now has a remarkable 70% win percentage across his 23 matches so far.

It’s been a sensational turnaround for a team that looked a mess on multiple occasions over the past year or so. Indeed, they’ve conceded 39 away goals this year, a joint-high alongside Brentford.

Ten Hag has brought in stability through the middle, a style of play that is both attractive at times and penetrative in front of goal, and has worked to improve players who may have thought their time was up.

Marcus Rashford is one of those and many believed he would need to go elsewhere to recover that spark that propelled him to the top in the first place. He’s now one of United’s top performers each week.

Here, Harry Maguire should be fit enough to return to action, likely alongside Raphael Varane, while Lisandro Martinez needs more time in training after Argentina’s World Cup win.

Star Man – Marcus Rashford

It’s no mystery that Manchester United are looking for another striker but Rashford is the man in form right now. He has 10 goals already this season, double his final tally from last campaign.

     Should be fairly even in terms of possession

     Expect Rashford to create havoc when given the ball

     Wolves will dig in and be hard to break down

United are aiming for three successive wins away to Wolves, which shows just how the Wanderers have fallen away in recent times.

Typically, matches between Wolves and United have been hard-fought and you would expect something similar here. The home team have some confidence back under their new manager.

United’s confidence is sky-high right now. They are aiming for five consecutive wins in all competitions and have the top four firmly within their sights.

It’ll be close, but United should just edge this.

Manchester United to win 2-1

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Author: Ross B.