Early team news for Wolves test

Tuesday 30 January 2024 17:00

Manchester United are on the road again with Thursday's trip to Wolves marking a return to Premier League action.

The Reds have had only one fixture in the division since the turn of the year, the 2-2 draw with Tottenham, but start February with a tough clash against Gary O'Neil's in-form side.

This round of games is a repeat of the opening weekend of the campaign and victory would complete the double over the men from Molineux, following the 1-0 win at Old Trafford in August, courtesy of Raphael Varane's goal.

Both teams have progressed to the Emirates FA Cup fifth round and Erik ten Hag used the tie at Newport County to reintroduce several players after injury. Casemiro, Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire all got their first minutes of 2024, while Lisandro Martinez has had to wait since September for a start after surgery.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka missed the 4-2 victory on Sunday due to injury, while Marcus Rashford is set to be available for selection after not featuring at Rodney Parade.

Andre Onana is due back from his Africa Cup of Nations commitments, following Cameroon's exit, and the manager felt his regular keeper would be an option to play in Thursday's 20:15 GMT kick-off. Altay Bayindir deputised and made his debut at Newport.

Jonny Evans overcame illness to come onto the field in the closing stages at the weekend, and Amad was one of the unused substitutes, after being out recently.

Victor Lindelof, Tyrell Malacia and Mason Mount have remained absent due to injury, while Sofyan Amrabat is to play for Morocco in their Africa Cup of Nations clash with South Africa on Tuesday night.

Anthony Martial is a long-term casualty after undergoing an operation on a groin complaint.

When is Onana due to return?


The manager confirms when Andre is expected back after the Africa Cup of Nations.


The Molineux side have gone seven games unbeaten since a 3-0 reverse to West Ham United on 17 December, recording some impressive results, such as defeating Chelsea 2-1 and registering victories by three-goal margins against both Brentford and Everton.

Manager O'Neil will reveal if they came through the Black Country derby unscathed, after a 2-0 triumph at The Hawthorns, but Hwang Hee-chan (South Korea) and Boubacar Traore (Mali) are away on international duty, with the latter due to face Burkina Faso today in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Pablo Sarabia is getting close to fitness and Joao Gomes is back from suspension, after his red card against Brentford in the FA Cup.