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Team News: Jadon Sancho ‘certain’ to start vs Wolves but midfield ace out of action with injury

Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick opened up on Raphael Varane, who sat out of the 2-0 win over Brighton thanks to an illness.
Raphael Varane signed for Man United last summer. (imago Images)

Early Team News as Manchester United prepare to take on Wolves

According to Manchester Evening News (h/t Express), Jadon Sancho is ‘certain’ to make his first start for Manchester United since joining the team in the summer.

The Red Devils started off the season with a bang by thrashing Leeds United 5-1. They were however brought back to earth with a 1-1 draw against Southampton last week.

A trip to Molineux is up next ahead of the first international break of the season. The fixture could prove pivotal not just for Sancho but also for Raphael Varane. The Frenchman could start in the heart of the defence against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Jadon Sancho with the 2021/22 Manchester United home kit.
Jadon Sancho with the 2021/22 Manchester United home kit. (GETTY Images via Eurosport)

One player who will sit out is Scott McTominay. The Scottish international is recovering from a groin injury and had to undergo surgery. He will miss out on the action in the next few weeks and Ole Gunnar Solskajer has failed to give a clear date on a potential return.

Whether this will open the door for Donny van de Beek to return to the fold remains to be seen. Solskjaer went with the Nemanja Matic and Fred pairing against Southampton.

The duo put up a battling performance but failed to show much inspiration in breaking through the Saints backline. More so Fred was called out by Solskjaer for the role he played in Southampton’s opener. It will be interesting to see if the Brazilian keeps his place in the starting XI.

Fred came in for criticism for his performance against Southampton. (imago Images)
Fred came in for criticism for his performance against Southampton. (imago Images)

Edinson Cavani is also set to return and could find a place on the bench. His return will give Solskajer another recognized goalscorer to call upon when needed.

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Sancho remains a top player but Solskjaer is under no illusions that he will need time to adapt to the Premier League. The visit to the Molineux could hand the English international his first shot at proving himself. Whether he takes it or not remains to be seen.

Written by Pranav Nair

An Engineering postgraduate with a keen interest in statistics, pop culture and football.

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