Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United: Match Preview

by Sam Peoples

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United

Venue: Molineux, Wolverhampton

KO: 13:30 (GMT), Sunday 18th March 2012

Referee: Anthony Taylor

By Paul Bienkowski

After being knocked out of the UEFA Europa League at the hands of Athletic Bilbao, Manchester United have to hit the ground running when they travel to Wolverhampton. After last weeks 2-0 win against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford, Manchester United regained their position at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Manchester City lost away to Swansea, and also lost their 2 point lead at the top. This Sunday, Manchester United could go 4 points clear at the top, with Manchester City playing Chelsea at home in midweek in a game they must win.

The last time Manchester United travelled to the Molineux they were the losing side. Wolves won the game 2-1 with George Elokobi cancelling out Luis Nani’s third minute goal and Kevin Doyle scoring the winner 5 minutes before half time.

Previous to last seasons game at the Molineux, Manchester United had not been defeated there since the 17th January 2004. Manchester United have not lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers in their last six games at Old Trafford, which goes back to nearly 10 years ago.

The Red Devils have a lot to answer for in their game tomorrow. The team have underperformed in europe on two different stages, being knocked out of each competition by a team they should have beaten. But the fans knew they would not have a dominant side in europe, being that the squad are in the middle of a rebuilding process. United have been here before and always come back fighting!!

The match tomorrow is a must win game for United if they want to keep the upper hand over Manchester City. If either side slip up during “squeaky bum time”, the other will have the advantage. United play City at the Etihad Stadium at the end of April, in what has already been branded as the title decider and will be the biggest Manchester Derby so far.

Match Facts – Manchester United

  • Wayne Rooney has scored 7 goals in his last 4 Premier League matches
  • United have been unbeaten in 8 of their last 10 league games (last 10 WWWWDWWWLL)
  • United away form (last 5 away league games WWDWL)
  • United have scored 21 goals in their last 10 league games, conceeding 13 goals (10 goals scored & 9 conceeded in away games)

Match Facts – Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Wolves ended Uniteds 29 game unbeaten run in February 2011
  • Wolves lost 6 of their last 10 Premier League matches (last 10 LLDLWLLDLD)
  • The last 5 home games that Wolves have played, they have lost all of them.
  • Wolves have scored only 10 goals in their last 10 league games, conceeding 25 goals (only 4 goals scored & 15 conceeded at home)

Team News – Manchester United

De Gea, Amos, Rafael, Fabio, Evra, Smalling, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Carrick, Cleverley, Scholes, Giggs, Park, Pogba, Young, Nani, Valencia, Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez, Berbatov

Injuries: Vidic, Anderson, Fletcher, Lindegaard, Owen

Doubtful: Jones, Nani

Team News – Wolverhampton Wanderers

Hennessey, De Vries, Craddock, Stearman, Ward, Johnson, Berra, Bassong, Zubar, O’Hara, Foley, Kightly, Edwards, Hunt, Jarvis, Jonsson, Davis, Ford, Harris, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Doyle.

Injured: Milijas, Henry

Doubtful: Hunt

By Paul Bienkowski

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