Sir Alex has proclaimed United will need around 30 more points to win the league. That’s 10 wins and with the number of games we have left that is achievable. We set about picking up the first 3 of that 30 against Mick McCarthy’s Wolves side in what I think will be a tough game at Molineux.
Man C*ty look to be falling off the pace but Arsenal and Chelsea are both keeping up the pressure so an away win, which will also set a new United record of games undefeated at 30, is exactly what we need against a Wolves side who have put up a good fight at times this season.
Teams: United are set to be at full strength as Rafael has fully recovered from the concussion that he sustained against Blackpool whilst the injury that saw Darren Fletcher go off against Villa midweek won’t prevent him from taking part today if Sir Alex sees fit. Park whilst fit is unlikely t take part though as he rests following his return from the Asia Cup.
Wolves have no fresh injury worries and may give new signing Jamie O’Hara a start as Hunt has a calf strain.
Form: United’s win at Old Trafford against Villa extended our undefeated run and took us a step closer to the title (if you can say that in January!) United have tasted defeat just once this season against West Ham in the Carling Cup in November so we will be looking to maintain our good form. We have 5 win from our last 6 in all competitions with 2 of those being away from home. Our away form has been a contentious point all season but we are undefeated this year on the road and have only failed to win once on the road in our last four.
Wolves sit bottom of the table but their position does not paint the full picture as they have turned in some good battling performances. Wins over both Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks have been overshadowed by the fact that they only have one win of their last six in all competitions, against Championship side Doncaster in the FA Cup. 2 losses in their last 2 home games could mean United are in for an easier game than I expect though.
United Last 6: WDWWWW
Wolves Last 6: DLWLLL
Last Meeting: Wolves showed resilience against us in November and a goal from ex-player Ebanks-Blake made it look like Parks’ goal on half time wouldn’t be enough to hand United the 3 points but the Korean captain popped up in injury time to put a left footed shoot past Hahnemann. The match was also notable for the return of Owen Hargreaves who broke down after 5 minutes.
This game last season: Paul Scholes scored when it mattered to take us top in a game where Wolves saw a lot of the ball. The game was a scrappy affair but Scholes’ goal was his 100th Premier League goal and took United top.
Wolves are battling relegation so I can see them putting up a real fight. With our last league game and the Carling Cup tie in mind Wolves always have a go against us so I expect this to be a tough one. United are getting the away form right now so I think we’ll win but it’ll won’t be easy.
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