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Man Utd vs Wolves: Red Devils can wear down rusty Wanderers

Kick-off: 1730, 03/01/2022

Stadium: Old Trafford

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester United caught Burnley cold after a lay-off and will hope to do the same to Wolves at Old Trafford on Monday evening.

Wanderers will be playing for the first time in over a fortnight due to Covid issues and may just be a touch rusty in this Premier League clash.

We’re taking 2.4 for the Red Devils to win to nil as our first Man Utd vs Wolves prediction.

Manchester United Odds

United made it 10 points out of 12 under interim boss Ralf Rangnick when brushing aside Burnley 3-1 on home turf.

Scott McTominay slotted in the opener from the edge of the box and another of his shots was tapped in by Cristiano Ronaldo on the rebound after bouncing back off the bar.

In between, Jadon Sancho’s strike deflected in off Ben Mee to put the Red Devils in total control after just 35 minutes.

Aaron Lennon pulled one back before half-time with a nice solo effort but the Clarets rarely looked like staging a comeback after the break.

United had seemed out of sorts in a 1-1 draw at Newcastle three days earlier but this was a much more assured display.

“It was important to raise the energy level,” said Rangnick. “Physically and energetically, it was a good performance.”

There were signs that the veteran coach is starting to have more of an influence at Old Trafford.

Nemanja Matic impressed in a ‘quarterback’ midfield role, which allowed McTominay to get forward more, while Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka made successful returns in the full-back positions.

United have claimed three straight Premier League wins over Wolves, although each victory was only gained by a one-goal margin.

Looking at the 3.4 for that to happen again here.

Last Man Utd line-up: De Gea, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Matic, McTominay, Ronaldo, Greenwood, Cavani, Sancho.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Odds

Wolves were last seen in action when holding Chelsea to a goalless stalemate at Molineux on December 19.

That continued a series of tight tussles involving Bruno Lage’s side, who have been defensively solid this season but short of attacking firepower.

Their last seven matches have featured three 0-0 draws, two 1-0 wins over West Ham and Brighton and a couple of 1-0 losses to Liverpool and Manchester City.

Wanderers had six confirmed cases of Covid-19 among their first-team squad, which caused Tuesday’s trip to Arsenal to be postponed.

Lage also has a number of injuries to contend with, as Rayan Ait-Nouri, Willy Boly, Hee Chan Hwang, Yerson Mosquera, Jonny and Pedro Neto are being treated for various problems.

The visitors will still be hard to break down and have incredibly gone 11 games without conceding a first-half goal.

Even so, that just makes 6.25 for a 1-0 home win.

Both of those bets would have come in when Mason Greenwood netted the only goal of the game on 80 minutes at Molineux in late August.

Last Wolves line-up: Jose Sa, Hoever, Marcal, Coady, Kilman, Neves, Podence, Saiss, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Jimenez.

Additional stats

Player statistic

2nd half
Scott McTominay Yellow card 48'    
Luke Shaw Yellow card 56'    
Nemanja Matić Yellow card 74'    
    82' Goal João Moutinho
    90+4' Yellow card José Sá

Match statistic

52
Possession
48
9
Total shots
19
2
Shots on target
6
4
Shots off target
7
3
Blocked shots
6
3
Corners
8
2
Offsides
3
9
Fouls
8

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