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Match Preview: Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Sid Friday, November 5, 2010

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Competition: Barclays Premier League
Date: Saturday, 6 November 2010
Venue: Old Trafford
Kick Off: 3pm

This weekend sees United face familiar opposition in the shape of Mick McCarthy’s Wolves at Old Trafford. The 3pm kick off sees a repeat of the recently played Carling Cup fixture in which United came out on top. In that match United were twice pegged back by Wolves before Javier Hernandez came up with a last gasp winner.

The starting XIs in this match will probably be quite different to that game; United will likely revert to a 4-4-2 with Hernandez giving support to Berbatov that he seemed to miss away to Bursaspor. Missing from the United team will be Nani and Darren Fletcher, both picked up injuries in the trip to Turkey and even if half-fit they won’t be risked ahead of the Manchester Derby on Wednesday evening.

United will welcome back Rio Ferdinand who missed the trip to the Turkish Champions and possibly the likes of Macheda, Anderson, Gibson and Evans. The squad will probably look like this on Saturday:

Rafael  Ferdinand  Vidic  Evra
Obertan  Carrick  Scholes  Park
Hernandez  Berbatov

Bench: Van der Sar, Neville, O’Shea, Fabio, Gibson, Bebe, Macheda

I can see Van der Sar being rested ahead of the City match with Kuszczak given more game time with a crucial run of fixtures coming up. The defence will be first choice with Neville, O’Shea, Fabio, Brown and Evans fighting out spots on the bench. We are depleted in midfield with complete losses of Giggs, Hargreaves, Anderson, Nani, Valencia, Fletcher and possibly Gibson. Thankfully Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick should be fit for this game in a 4-4-2.

The Manchester Derby will be on the manager’s mind but that game will be for another day, this battle needs to be won first. With Chelsea facing a tricky trip to Anfield on Sunday, United need to capitalise on playing first and close the gap to 2 points, then see how Chelsea respond. It is a crucial month in the title race and United need to draw first blood.

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