One year and one round later, United entertain Wolves in the Carling Cup again...
Halloween isn't the only thing scaring Wolves fans this month - they also have a frightening run of fixtures against Chelsea, United (twice), Manchester City and Arsenal, all in the space of 17 days. To make matters worse, Mick McCarthy’s men are without a win in four since beating Notts County in extra-time in the third round of the Carling Cup in September. Meanwhile, the Reds are yet to taste defeat in any competition to date and are buoyant after a first league away win, 2-1 at Stoke City. Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez struck twice at the Britannia Stadium and will be fancied to add to his five United goals should he start.
Ins and outs
Stephen Hunt could be handed a start for Wolves after making his debut against Chelsea at the weekend - his entrance having been delayed by a foot injury. Wales' number one Wayne Hennessy could replace Marcus Hahnemann in goal while Nenad Milijas, an international team-mate of Nemanja Vidic, looks set to feature in midfield. As for United, Sir Alex is likely to rest players ahead of Saturday's top-five clash with Tottenham and field a similar line-up to the one that beat Scunthorpe in the previous round. Chris Smalling, Federico Macheda and Bebe could all feature, as well as Gabriel Obertan who impressed against Bursaspor in the Champions League. Options exclude the injured Ryan Giggs (hamstring) and Wayne Rooney (ankle) who are both out for several weeks.
Wolves' record signing Kevin Doyle netted two injury-time goals against Notts County to secure a place in the fourth round. The Republic of Ireland international also put in a good shift at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, spearheading the attack in a spirited 2-0 defeat to Chelsea. Last season Doyle scored nine goals to help Wolves avoid relegation.
Mick McCarthy managed Millwall, Republic of Ireland and Sunderland prior to becoming Wolves boss in July 2006. Having narrowly missed out on play-off success in his first two seasons, McCarthy led Wanderers to the Championship title in 2008/09 and with it, promotion to the Premier League. He also picked up his division's manager of the year award.