Preview - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester United 20 August 19

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Match Day 2
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Manchester United
Tuesday, August 20th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Molineux Stadium

Wolverhampton Wanderers: 
Last five matches form: W W W L D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.24
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.21
Top Scorer (18/19): Raúl Jiménez (13)

Manchester United:
Last five matches form: L D D L W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.71
Average goals against per match (18/19):1.42
Top Scorer (18/19): Paul Pogba (13)

We should be in for a cracking encounter in the last of the Match Day 2 fixtures in the Premier League, as Manchester United make the trip to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves held the edge in the clashes between the sides last season, knocking United out of the FA Cup, winning 2-1 here in the League and picking up a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Wolves picked up a solid enough result on the road on the opening weekend when coming away from the King Power Stadium with a goalless draw. With Leicester tipped by many to make a run at the top six, that result may look better as the season goes on.

Manchester United meanwhile recorded one of the most eye-catching score-lines on the opening weekend when dismissing Chelsea 4-0 at home. They were undoubtedly flattered by that result though having been second best until the first goal went in.

United have so much pace in the side these days that they are an incredibly dangerous side on the counterattack. Whilst the onus may be on Wolves to attack as they are the home side, Nuno Espirito Santo is too wily a coach to fall into the red-devils trap by adopting a gung-ho approach.

We don't expect United to be seen in so flattering a light if they are forced to try and unpick the Wolves back line and fancy the home side to take the points.

Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 - 1 Manchester United


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  4 - 5
Shots on target: 3 - 1
Corner Kicks: 4 - 6
Possession: 38% - 62%

Ryan Bennett and Ruben Neves were booked for the home side in this one, with referee Jonathan Moss also taking the names of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Manchester United.

A real game of two halves at Molineux. Manchester United were dominant in the opening period - not exactly cutting Wolves open at will, but controlling the pace of the game and very rarely looking threatened. David De Gea was practically a spectator in the opening 45.

It was a different story after the interval though, with the introduction of Adama Traore - who had one of his most effective cameos in some time - providing the home side with an excellent outlet down the right hand side.

The opening goal arrived in the 27th minute. Luke Shaw finding Marcus Rashford outside the area and Rashford appearing to look to play the ball back to Shaw in the area. It was Anthony Martial who latched onto it though, finishing excellently into the top left corner from the left edge of the six yard box. 0-1 at the break.

Wolves came out all guns blazing in the second half and came agonisingly close to equalising when Raúl Jiménez glanced a header off the post. They were level soon after though when a corner routine was worked to Rúben Neves on the edge of the area. What followed from there was yet another Neves special as he controlled and finished superbly into the top right corner.

Then in the 68th minute United had the chance to win it. Pogba doing really well when breaking into the area and being brought down by Conor Coady to win the penalty. Pogba took it upon himself to take it and went for power down the left-hand side. Unfortunately for United, Rui Patricio guessed the right way and made the save.

That's as close as either side would come to winning it. 1-1 final score.

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