With Manchester City not playing Chelsea until Wednesady, Manchester United have a great chance to go four points clear at the top of the table by beating Terry Connor’s struggling Wolves at Molineux on Sunday afternoon.
In 3 previous visits to Molineux in the Premier League, United have won once and lost twice and despite Wolves struggling at the bottom of the table, shipping goals for fun it’s a game that nobody at Old Trafford will be taking for granted.
After being outclassed by Athletic Bilbao in midweek, United should have enough about them to deal with a Wolves side that last-time-out lost to Blackburn Rovers at home. However anything as we know can happen in the Premier League.
United ideally would love nothing more than to keep a clean sheet and win by 3-4 goals, but at this time of the season the only thing that matters is the result and a hard-fought 1-0 win would certainly not be looked down upon come the end of the weekend.
So what can we expect from tomorrow’s game. What will be the key battles on the pitch?
Rio Ferdinand v Steven Fletcher
Steven Fletcher has had a good season for Wolves and after impressing in the division for Burnley now looks to be a striker who must be looking to score 10-15 goals a season in the Premier League, given his quality of finishing up top.
After an indifferent start to the season, Ferdinand has looked back to his best in recent months but struggled against Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente and could do with a strong performance this weekend to get back to form.
Paul Scholes v David Edwards
Surprisingly in Bilbao Sir Alex Ferguson decided not to bring veteran-midfielder Scholes on to try and change the outcome of the game. The reason for that it seems, is that the Scot had this weekend’s game in mind and was resting him for it.
Wolves’ midfielder Edwards may not be a house-hold name in the Premier League but he’s worked hard to become a regular at Wolves and after scoring a winner against Manchester City last season, should not be ignored this afternoon.
Wayne Rooney v Richard Stearman
Despite scoring 27 goals in 33 games for United this season, somehow it doesn’t quite feel that Rooney has had a spectacular season as incredible as it might sound. However he is on fire recently, looking back to the form he was in back in August.
With Rodger Johnson not in Connor’s good-books at the moment, the pressure will fall on Stearman’s shoulders to keep Rooney quiet which will probably prove too big a task for the former Leicester defender to deal with.
In terms of a prediction for the game, as stated earlier on in a on in a predictions article, I can see United winning by at least two goals so that’ll be 3-0, with Danny Welbeck getting on the score-sheet with Rooney probably grabbing a goal too.
Anything but a win would be a dreadful result and would certainly give Roberto Mancini and his City side a boost before their difficult home-game against Chelsea coming up on Wednesday which could prove a crucial game in the title run-in.
By Adam Dennehey @ADennehey87