|Manchester United will be the favorite when Wolves visit Old Trafford but can Wolves pull any surprise? (Photo credit: Inside Sport)|
Manchester United will have the chance to show the world their impressive 2022–23 season wasn’t a fluke as they file out at Old Trafford on Monday against Wolves.
The Red Devils finished third on the log in Erik Ten Hag’s first season in charge and also made it to the quarter-finals of the Europa League while landing the Carabao Cup along the way, a great start to life for the Dutchman.
Wolves have endured a torrid summer, losing their coach Julien Lopetegui after he disagreed with the club hierarchy on transfers, and former Bournemouth manager Gary O’Neil has been named as the new man in the Wolves dugout.
Wolves managed to escape relegation last season, thanks to a good late run but also due to the poor form of Leeds United and Leicester City. Their main aim this term is to finish as high as possible, far away from relegation conversations.
Wolves have enjoyed great results in the past against Manchester United, but the Red Devils mean business this season; there are no notable names joining the Molineux side, but they have key names jumping on the bus.
Reuben Neves was sold to Al Hilal, Raul Jimenez signed for Fulham to replace Alexander Mitrovic, Adama Traore headed the same way, and Conor Coady left for Leicester, all without notable replacements, and you wonder what the season holds for them.
Manchester United will have a new face between the sticks for the first time in over a decade, with Andre Onana replacing David De Gea, while Mason Mount will make his debut on Monday as well. Rasmus Hojlund is carrying a knock and is not expected to feature until September.
Wolves will need to defend deep against United at Old Trafford and try to hit the hosts on the counter, but who will do the defending? Craig Dawson is old and Max Kilman will be stretched; however, they do have interesting names upfront that can trouble United, like Mattheus Cunha and Pablo Sarabia.
Marcus Rashford had a great second half last season post-World Cup, and he’d be expected to lead the line for United on Monday. Bruno Fernandes will have the freedom to roam and create while Casemiro mops things up for him.