Manchester United vs Wolves Prediction: Premier League Match on 03.01.2022
The Ralf Rangnick interim era at Manchester United has not been the smoothest so far; the German will prepare his side to host Wolves at Old Trafford on Monday at 18:30 GMT.
Can Rangnick Solve the Conundrum that is the Manchester United Squad?
Since Rangnick has taken over, United have beaten Arsenal (3-2), Crystal Palace (1-0), Norwich City (1-0), and drawn with Newcastle (1-1). This run is hardly the exciting promise that the German promised when taking over the reins at the theater of dreams.
Other than the results, the performances will be giving the German tactician sleepless nights, especially after the showing against the magpies that was devoid of energy and identity.
Can Wolves Hand Rangnick his First Defeat in the Premier League?
Bruno Lage’s side have had an up and down season so far this term. Their last six outings in the league comprise 2 losses, 3 draws, and a solitary win.
Wolves will be up against it when they show up at Old Trafford against a Man United side reeling from dropped points at Newcastle.
United have hauled 11 points from the available 18 from their last 6 rounds of fixtures in the league. This run comprises 3 wins, 2 draws, and 1 loss.
The Red Devils are unbeaten since Rangnick took over from Ole; they have won 3 and drawn 1 in the run of 4 matches under the German tactician.
Bruno Lage’s side have won only once in their last 6 attempts in the league. They have had 3 stalemates and 2 reverses in this run.
Wolves won only 6 points from a possible 18 in their last 6 rounds of fixtures in the league.
Rangnick will not be able to call upon central midfielder Paul Pogba (hamstring), center-back Victor Lindelof (heart condition), and right winger Tahith Chong (groin problem); United will also be without Lee Grant and Phil Jones.
Striker Fabio Silva is a doubt for the Man United game due to testing positive for coronavirus. Bruno Lage will also be without winger Pedro Neto (knee) and left-back Jonny Otto (knee problem).
Wolves are also missing the services of center-back Yerson Mosquera (hamstring), left-back Rayan Ait Nouri (groin), and center-forward Hee-chan Hwang (hamstring).
Possible Starting Lineups
- de Gea; A. tells, H. Maguire, R. Varane, D. Dalot; Fred, S. McTominay; B. Fernandes, M. Rashford; C. Ronaldo, M. Greenwood
- Sa; M. Kilman, C. Coady, R. Saiss; K. Hoever, L. Dendoncker, R. Neves, J. Moutinho, Marcal; R. Jimenez, D. Podence
Players to Watch
The Portuguese has come in for criticism after his performance at Newcastle. But his 13 goals and 3 assists have been instrumental in driving United’s form. He will be essential for United’s chances of beating Wolves.
The striker has been important to Bruno Lage’s side since coming back from a serious injury. He has scored 3 goals and assisted 2 in 17 appearances. He will be pivotal for Wolves chances of taking anything from Old Trafford.
Rangnick’s experience can be trusted to figure out a way to get the best of Manchester United’s brilliant squad. Whether Rangnick retains the 4-2-2-2 formation or not he will have enough quality to call upon against Wolves to take all 3 points.
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