Match preview: Wolves v Manchester United
It was a welcome sight to see our travelling support back in the stands at Southampton on Sunday, and now the next stop for our away Reds is Molineux this weekend.
Anything but defeat will see the Reds create a new record for successive away games without a loss in England's top flight (28), surpassing Arsenal's tally between April 2003 and September 2004 (27).
That is one thing to note ahead of our final game before the September international break, and here is everything else…
The game will be broadcast live in the UK via the Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League channels. You can also keep up to date with coverage across MUTV, ManUtd.com and our Official App where we will have match updates, in-game data and all the full-time reaction after the final whistle.
Raphael Varane was included in the matchday squad for the first time since becoming a Manchester United player in last weekend’s draw at Southampton, and he could make his Reds bow at Molineux after what will be another week’s training with his new team-mates.
It will also be another week of work under the belt for fellow new signing Jadon Sancho, and having come off the bench in both of our first two Premier League outings, could there be a first start in United colours for our no.25?
That may all become clearer during Ole’s pre-match press conference on Friday (27 August) afternoon, which we will bring to you across MUTV, ManUtd.com and the Official App, where he could also provide an update on Scott McTominay’s injury and if Eric Bailly and Edinson Cavani are likely to return to the pitch prior to the international break.
United have taken four points from the opening two matches of the Premier League season, after that draw at Southampton followed the opening-weekend thumping of Leeds United. As for Bruno Lage’s Wolves, they will be looking to pick up the first league points of his reign at Molineux during United’s visit to the Black Country on Sunday. That is because the Midlands club have narrowly lost out in both of their games so far in this campaign, going down 1-0 at Leicester City and by the same scoreline to Tottenham Hotspur most recently.
The two sides have met 107 times competitively dating back to 1892 and United have had the better of that with 51 wins in total down the years. Since Wolves returned to the Premier League in 2018, we have faced the Midlands club nine times in total, with six league games and three FA Cup ties. Their Molineux home had not been the happiest of hunting grounds in the time since then, until the final day of last season, when goals from Anthony Elanga and Juan Mata helped us to record a first victory there since 2012 and complete a league double over the Wanderers in the process.
Bruno Lage succeeded fellow Portuguese Nuno Espirito Santo in the home dugout at Molineux this summer. Like Nuno before him, Lage also has previous experience of managing in Portugal’s top flight. The 45-year-old made the move to England from Benfica, having most notably guided the club to the league title in 2018/19. He did arrive in recent months with previous experience in English football too, having been part of Carlos Carvalhal's backroom staff at both Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City in years gone by. Lage is known to suit a 4-4-2 formation that incorporates a highly intense, attacking style of play.
Referee: Mike Dean.
Assistants: Darren Cann, Dan Robathan.
Fourth Official: Robert Jones.
VAR: Stuart Attwell.
Assistant VAR: Neil Davies.
Here are all 10 fixtures scheduled in this weekend’s round of Premier League matches…
SATURDAY 28 AUGUST
Manchester City v Arsenal (12:30 BST)
Aston Villa v Brentford
Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton
Newcastle United v Southampton
Norwich City v Leicester City
West Ham United v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v Chelsea (17:30 BST)
SUNDAY 29 AUGUST
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford (14:00 BST)
Burnley v Leeds United (14:00 BST)
Wolverhampton Wanderers v UNITED (16:30 BST)
All fixtures kick off at 15:00 BST unless stated.