Team news for United v Wolves

Friday 12 May 2023 14:00

Manchester United return from a rare midweek without a game on Saturday, as we host Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League at 15:00 BST.

The Reds are bound to be refreshed following a gruelling start to 2023 which has seen us play 36 times in the 19 weeks since the domestic season resumed after the World Cup.

While the run of fixtures perhaps caught up with us during defeats at Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United, Erik ten Hag will hope the recent time off, coupled with the brilliant home form shown this season, can get us over the line in the race for Champions League football.

United currently sit a point clear of Liverpool in fifth and can really put the pressure on the Merseysiders - who visit relegation-threatened Leicester on Monday night - with victory over an already-safe Wolves outfit.

Ten Hag relayed some team news ahead of the meeting with Julen Lopetegui’s side when speaking to reporters on Friday afternoon.

Centre-back Raphael Varane is set to return from his month-long lay-off, with the former France international having been missing since he suffered a foot injury during the first half of April’s 2-2 draw with Sevilla.

There are doubts, however, around the involvement of top scorer Marcus Rashford.

“He has a problem, an injury on his leg, so he is a big question mark for tomorrow,” said Ten Hag. “But we are happy Rapha Varane is back.

“[Rashford] is doubtful, more than doubtful. So [there is] a big question mark.”

While the loss of 29-goal striker Rashford would undoubtedly be a blow before such an important fixture, Alejandro Garnacho is once again an option in attack.

The 18-year-old featured as an unused substitute in the matchday squad at West Ham and has benefited from working at Carrington.

“He has one more week training, definitely,” Erik added. “Yeah, so he is available and we have seen he can bring something extra in the team.”

Varane last featured for United on 13 April.

Varane's return could also free up Luke Shaw to feature in his customary position at left-back, after a run of games partnering Victor Lindelof in the centre of defence.

Scott McTominay and Tom Heaton are set to miss out again, while Donny van de Beek and Lisandro Martinez have both been ruled out for the season.

Wolves have no new absentees for their trip to M16, with the Black Country side having had to work without the absent Sasa Kalajdzic, Boubacar Traore and Chiquinho for some time now.