Two of the Premier League’s Europa League representatives meet on the first Monday Night Football of the season, as Manchester United face Wolves at Molineux. The home side will be looking to pick up their first three points of the season after drawing 0-0 with Leicester City on the opening weekend, while United started with a thumping 4-0 win at home to Chelsea. Wolves enjoyed their meetings with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team last season, taking two wins and a draw from their three head-to-head games.
Had it not been for VAR, Wolves would’ve been celebrating an opening day victory heading into this home opener against Manchester United. Their 0-0 draw with Leicester City could so easily have ended 1-0 in their favour, but Leander Dendoncker’s effort was controversially disallowed upon review. Wolves should be the sharper of the two sides coming into this clash, having already progressed through two Europa League qualifying rounds against Crusaders and Pyunik. They will also come into this game with plenty of confidence against United following their meetings last season, beating them 2-1 twice at Molineux, knocking them out of the FA Cup before then beating them in the Premier League in their next home outing.
Manchester United supporters will have been pleasantly surprised with their side’s performance on Sunday, as they romped to a 4-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford. Few knew what to expect from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, but a brace from Marcus Rashford and further strikes from Anthony Martial and Daniel James fired them to an emphatic opening day victory. Whilst fans won’t be getting too carried away after a win against a Chelsea team in transition that was also missing key players from the starting XI, it has certainly lifted spirits over what this season could hold. From early evidence, the hefty investment of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire to the United back four is set to pay dividends, with both impressing on their debuts last time out.
Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has no injury concerns to contend with going into this clash, leaving him with a full squad to choose from. As such, they could go with an unchanged lineup featuring Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho in midfield, while Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez should lead the line up front.
Eric Bailly (knee) remains a long-term absentee for United, with the defender set to be unavailable until December. However, Alexis Sanchez (hamstring) could be involved after missing out on the 18-man squad against Chelsea last time out. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will likely name an unchanged starting XI here, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire keeping their places in defence and Paul Pogba continuing in midfield.
Manchester United come into this game as favourites after their excellent opening day result, being priced at around 2.15 with most bookmakers. Wolves, meanwhile, are the outsiders at 3.30 and we are expecting the away side to pick up the three points after significantly strengthening their defence, allowing them to utilise their pace up front on the counter attack. Marcus Rashford will be full of confidence after bagging a brace last time out and we like the odds of 2.62 on him adding to his tally here.