Manchester United host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on Saturday in the league, with both sides European hopefuls being tied on the same points (34). This will be the fourth time that Wolves and United will face each other this season, having played twice in the FA Cup and once in the league. Two of those matches ended in a draw, while United won 1-0 in the FA Cup.
The two sides have been equal in most departments this season, which subsequently shows in the league table.
So the fourth meeting is also expected to be a closely contested one.
MANCHESTER UNITED vs WOLVES: 3 KEY BATTLES TO WATCH OUT FOR
Adama Traore vs Brandon Williams
Adama Traore has possibly been the best player for Wolves this season, scoring 4 goals and providing 7 assists in the league this season. But more than just the output, the Spaniard’s pace and dribbling prowess have caused a lot of trouble to opposition defenders this season, and he could cause a lot of trouble this Saturday too.
Traore will most likely face off against the young and feisty Brandon Williams, who will start at left-back/wingback for Manchester United, and the Wolves attacker will look to target the young defender at every opportunity.
Williams has shown great tenacity and determination this season and this will be one contest that will be very interesting to watch.
Fred vs Ruben Neves
Fred seems to be running out of midfield partners often. Following the injuries to Paul Pogba and then Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic – who has played alongside Fred in recent games – will miss the game against Wolves due to suspension. The experienced midfielder was sent off in the mid-week League Cup semi-final against Manchester City.
Wolves have a strong midfield of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho, both of whom can control the tempo of the game and switch play with their passing. Fred will be tasked with the duty of not only driving forward with the ball but also making interceptions and holding onto the ball in crucial phases of the match.
Harry Maguire vs Raul Jimenez
Raul Jimenez has been the other star player in Wolves’ attack this season, with the Mexican scoring 20 goals in all competitions for the Premier League side. The Mexican’s strength, work-rate, and admirable hold-up play will be a great threat to the United defence.
He will be up against Harry Maguire, who will most likely lead a three-man central defence and will have to keep Jimenez quiet if United stand any chance of winning.