Everything you need to know for Wolves v United

Thursday 20 May 2021 09:40

Having confirmed second place in the 2020/21 Premier League, Manchester United are looking to close out the campaign with victory at Molineux and in doing so complete an unbeaten league season away from home.

Marcus Rashford's 93rd-minute goal gave United victory at home to Nuno Espirito Santo's side back in December as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side rose closer to the top of the table during the festive period. The boss will be looking closely at any stand-out performers in Sunday's clash as he prepares to send United out for a European final on Wednesday.

First, though, is a difficult challenge as Wolves welcome their fans back to Molineux for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19 more than a year ago.

Here's everything you need to know about Sunday's game...

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Rashford celebrates a dramatic late winner.

HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE MATCH?

Every Premier League match this week kicks off at 16:00 BST on Sunday and will be shown live in the UK on BT Sport. You can also follow the action via ManUtd.com and our Official App, where you can get stuck into the Match Centre to get in-game statistics and insight. Plus, MUTV will begin their coverage from 14:55 BST, revealing the team news on the hour before match commentary, analysis, interviews and reaction.

TEAM NEWS

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provided updates on Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire's fitness after Tuesday's draw with Fulham. Both are working hard to be available for the Europa League final against Villarreal but are unlikely to be involved on Sunday.

Scott McTominay and Fred picked up knocks against the Cottagers and we await further news on to whether they are available.

Wolves have had good news regarding main man Raul Jimenez, who has been out for months recovering from a fractured skull. The Mexican striker won't make this weekend's squad but is set to begin match-based rehabilitation from July.

Jonny, Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence have all undergone surgery and are thus unavailable.

Martial pushing to be fit for final article

Anthony Martial - plus Maguire, McTominay and Fred - were all mentioned in Ole's injury update after the Fulham game.

FORM GUIDE

United are looking to wrap the season up with a win after a disappointing last week or so of league action. Despite Edinson Cavani's magnificent goal at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening, the Reds took away only one point in front of 10,000 fans. Joe Bryan's 76th-minute equaliser for Fulham means it's three games without victory for the Reds.

Wolves have been inconsistent in May thus far, drawing 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion in the Black Country derby before a win and a defeat against Brighton and Spurs respectively. On Wednesday night, they were defeated 1-0 at Everton, thanks to Richarlison's header early in the second half.

Nuno's side cannot finish in the top half of the table this season, failing to build on last campaign's impressive performance in which they came seventh and reached the Europa League quarter-finals.

All the Angles: Cavani v Fulham Video

All the Angles: Cavani v Fulham

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HEAD TO HEAD

These two sides are familiar foes by this point. Since Wolves' promotion back into the Premier League in 2018, fixtures have been ever-so regular with four meetings in 2020 and three in 2019. Both clubs have knocked the other out of the FA Cup, while in the league, it's one win apiece from five games, with the last meeting in the league at Molineux ending 1-1.

Looking back further into the past, United have the rub of things, winning 50 of 106 games.

THE MANAGER

A former player like Ole, Nuno began his management career in his home country, Portugal, taking Rio Ave to two domestic cup finals and Europa League qualification. It's been a similar story in England, where he arrived after spells with Valencia and Porto. Brought in by new owners to take Wolves up into the Premier League, Nuno did exactly that, at his first try, winning the Championship title. He's taken them to an FA Cup semi-final and Europa League quarter-final since.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Ian Hussin, Harry Lennard
Fourth official: John Brooks
VAR: Andy Madley
Assistant VAR: Darren Cann.

RIVALS WATCH

Here's the rest of Sunday's fixtures as the 2020/21 Premier League season comes to a close...

SUNDAY 23 MAY

All games kick-off at 16:00 BST

Arsenal vs Brighton
Aston Villa vs Chelsea
Fulham vs Newcastle
Leeds vs West Brom
Leicester vs Tottenham
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
Manchester City vs Everton
Sheffield United vs Burnley
West Ham vs Southampton
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