In this Matchday 6 matchup, Manchester United are hosting Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Old Trafford. This matchup features two red-hot sides who are riding two-match winning streaks in the English Premier League and are looking for the opportunity to keep climbing the EPL standings.
Manchester United have struggled in the start of the EPL season with disappointing defeats at Brighton and at home versus Tottenham Hotspurs. Those two defeats have put the whole squad on notice and manager Jose Mourinho on a hot-seat for his job. Red Devils have bounced back with 2 solid away wins at Burnley and at undefeated Watford.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are a newly-promoted side from the English Championship and they have invested heavily in their squad in order to be competitive in the English Premier League. Their spending is paying off, as they find themselves 9th in the EPL standings with 8 points from the first 5 matches. Their only defeat of the season was at the hands of Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
The game will be played at the Old Trafford, where Manchester United have been a force against Wolverhampton in the past. To be precise, since 2003 the Wolves haven’t been able to win a single point at the Old Trafford. To make the matters worse, they have also failed to win against Manchester United at home as well. The Red Devils have dominated the matchup, winning 8 out of the last 9 and 9 out of the last 11 matches against the Wolves.
I have prepared a short breakdown of the match and some betting predictions, so feel free to read on.
Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Odds
- Manchester United 1.57
- Wolverhampton Wanderers 6.00
- Draw 4.00
- Over 2.5 Goals 1.80
- Under 2.5 Goals 1.90
Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Pick
Manchester United are on a 2-match winning streak in the EPL (3 in all competitions) and they have won both of those matches on the road. Much has been written about their poor start and unconvincing performances, but the Red Devils seem to be finding their groove under Jose Mourinho. The key to this has been the improved play of Paul Pogba, who has played really well in their last 3 games. The most consistent performer for Manchester United this season is Romelu Lukaku, whose 4 goals lead the English Premier League.
Where Manchester United have struggled is at the back. Their defense has already allowed 8 goals in 5 matches, a feat that was accomplished only after 14 matches in the previous season. This is something that Wolverhampton Wanderers will look to exploit in this matchup and the fact that Manchester United are coming back from an away match mid-week in the UEFA Champions League.
The Red Devils will also be missing Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford who are both suspended because of the red cards, as well as Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Marcus Rojo due to injuries.
Wolverhampton Wanderers needed the first two games to get used to the pace of play in the EPL and have since then been stellar in their first season since winning the English Championship. After the opening draw at home versus Everton and an away loss to Leicester City, the Wolves have drawn at home versus the Champions Manchester City, and beaten West Ham and Burney with an identical score 1-0.
Wolves have scored only 5 goals in the first 5 games, but their offensive play has been remarkable, as they are joint-4th in the EPL in shots and created goal-scoring chances. Manchester United is a different animal altogether, especially at the Old Trafford but the Wolves should be able to exploit the holes in the Red Devils’ patchwork defense.
Manchester United will seek to dominate the possession in this one and press against the Wolves throughout the game. A slow build-up play has been Jose Mourinho’s specialty and he seems to have finally found a common tongue with his team. Wolverhampton are hoping to use their pace and direct passing to exploit the room left behind, once Manchester United push in the attack.
This will be a great and highly competitive game, in which Manchester United should emerge as close winners. The atmosphere at the Old Trafford and the quality of the roster should be enough for Jose Mourinho and the boys to extend their streak to 3 wins in EPL.