Wolves v United: Your essential guide
Manchester United's first away game of the 2019/20 Premier League season takes us to Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday 19 August.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men proved tough opponents for the Reds last season, so we will need to be at our best to emerge from the Black Country with all three points.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the big game…
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE GAME?
MUTV subscribers will be able to watch live dedicated build-up to the clash in the Match Day show, followed by live radio commentary. You can also follow our coverage on ManUtd.com and the Official App, where you can track live data and player statistics in the Match Centre.
WHICH TV CHANNEL IS IT ON IN THE UK?
Our game against Wolves has been picked for live TV coverage in the UK and will be shown on Sky Sports with kick-off at 20:00 BST. As always, the match will be shown in full on MUTV on the following day.
WHAT’S THE LATEST TEAM NEWS?
Eric Bailly remains the Reds’ only long-term absentee, after picking up a knee injury during our pre-season win against Tottenham. Alexis Sanchez, who returned late this summer due to international commitments, is improving his fitness. For the latest team news, make sure to tune in to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pre-match press conference on Friday, which is screened on MUTV.
As for the hosts, they have pretty much a full-strength squad to choose from and will likely select a similar side to that which faced Leicester City last week. Wolves are also involved in Europa League action on Thursday against Armenian outfit Pyunik, although Santo could rest several players for that clash.
Not that United fans will need reminding, but the Reds began the new campaign with a thumping 4-0 victory against Chelsea last Sunday, with Marcus Rashford (2), Anthony Martial and Daniel James grabbing the goals. Wolves, on the other hand, started the 2019/20 term with a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. In Europe they have won all three qualification games, netting 10 goals in the process.
It was a year to remember for Wolves - their first campaign back in the Premier League since 2012. Despite a lack of experience, Nuno's squad proved to be the best of the rest outside the ‘top six’ and a seventh-placed finish for the Black Country outfit ensured they bagged the final European spot. Molineux was a tricky place to visit, and Wolves gained home victories against Chelsea, Arsenal and United in 2018/19, coupled with an impressive away win against Tottenham Hotspur, meaning they more than justified their lofty finish in the table.
ANY NEW FACES AT WOLVES?
The Midlanders added Patrick Cutrone, Bruno Jordao and Pedro Neto to their first-team squad this summer, as well as Jesus Vallejo, who moved on loan from Real Madrid for the season. Wolves also brought Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker in on permanent deals, after the pair had spent the previous campaign on loan at Molineux.
WHAT’S OUR RECORD LIKE AGAINST WOLVES?
A regular fixture in the top flight of English football prior to the arrival of the Premier League, United and Wolves have met over 100 times in all competitions. In fact, our first encounter with the Black Country club, which came in 1892, resulted in a 10-1 win for United – our joint-largest winning margin. In the Premier League, United have found Molineux a hard place to go, and we’ve won just two of our five visits, losing the other three. We did, however, enjoy our 2012 trip to Wolves, winning 5-0 thanks to goals from Jonny Evans, Antonio Valencia, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez (2).
WHO'S THE REFEREE?
Jon Moss will take charge of proceedings on Monday. The 48-year-old started the Premier League season by refereeing the 0-0 stalemate between Crystal Palace and Everton on Saturday. Last season, Moss oversaw six United games, with the Reds winning three, drawing one and losing two of those encounters. He will be assisted at Molineux by Marc Perry and Eddie Smart, while Andy Madley will assume the role of fourth official. Of course, VAR will be in operation in the league, with Paul Tierney and his assistant Stephen Child operating the video technology from their London base.
All 20 Premier League sides are in action, as usual this weekend, with United wrapping up proceedings for the second week in a row. There is no Friday night game this week which means the matches are spread across Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Here’s the full list of fixtures:
SATURDAY 17 AUGUST
Arsenal v Burnley (12:30 BST)
Aston Villa v Bournemouth
Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United
Everton v Watford
Norwich City v Newcastle United
Southampton v Liverpool
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (17:30 BST)
SUNDAY 18 AUGUST
Sheffield United v Crystal Palace (14:00 BST)
Chelsea v Leicester City (16:30 BST)
MONDAY 19 AUGUST
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United (20:00 BST)
* Games kick off at 15:00 BST unless stated.