Manchester United will travel to the Molineux on Sunday to face off against Wolverhampton Wanderers in what is their final game of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign and will be hoping to gain momentum ahead of the Europa League final against Villarreal next week.Embed from Getty Images
United have already solidified their hold on the second place in the Premier League this season and it’s fair to say that their focus is on next week’s Europa League final, with Sunday’s match having little significance in the grand scheme of things for the 20-time English champions.
Saturday afternoon’s clash will be televised on /BT Sport 1 with the coverage beginning at 16:00 BST. The referee will be Mike Dean and VAR will be handled by Andy Madley.
A Form Guide
United go into this game in worrying form, having failed to win any of their last three Premier League games. With losses against Leicester City and Liverpool and a draw against Fulham, United will aim to bounce back against Wolves as they would like to maintain their momentum in the Europa League final next week.
The draw against Fulham was a frustrating performance as United had most of the chances and failed to capitalise on them while also conceding late in the second half. However, the Red Devils will be relieved to be back on the road this weekend, as they have been outstanding on the road this season, going undefeated in 18 games and winning 11 of them.Embed from Getty Images
Wolves on the other hand have lost their last two games and will be aiming to give a positive send off to Nuno Espirito Santo who is set to step down as Wolves manager after this season ends.
Changes have already been suggested by Ole Gunnar Solskjær for this match ahead of the Europa League final against Villarreal on May 26 which could mean that Alex Telles, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Amad, and Donny van de Beek could get valuable minutes.
Fred and Scott McTominay were forced off against Fulham on Tuesday due to injuries, but they will be fit for United’s final next week. They aren’t expected to be put at risk here, though. Dan James should return this weekend in some capacity.
Anthony Martial and Phil Jones are not expected to feature in any of United’s last two games this season.
For the hosts, they will be without Raul Jimenez, Pedro Neto, Jonny and Daniel Podence again due to injury, whereas Owen Otasowie is unlikely to be available for selection at Molineux.
Ones to Watch
With the majority of the first team players being rested, the match-winning man last time out Marcus Rashford is the key player who is expected to start and the player one should be on the lookout for in this fixture.Embed from Getty Images
Despite playing the whole season with injuries, the Englishman has managed to produce an output of 22 goal contributions in 37 games in the Premier League. With a perfect 11 goals to 11 assists ratio, the 23-year-old has been vital in United’s success this season.
For Wolves, 25-year-old Adama Traore is the key player to watch out for. The Spaniard had a slow start to the season but is seemed to have found his feet with some decent and consistent performances in Wolves’ past few games.
Gaining back the momentum
United will surely be aiming for a win here, given the fact that the Europa League final is less than a week away and they have failed to pick up a win in neither of their last three games. With the absence of Harry Maguire, the defence seems distraught and will have to improve their performances in order to win at least one trophy this season.
The Red Devils have nothing to lose on Sunday afternoon. Their hold on second place has already been confirmed and any type of result would not affect their position on the league table. However, a win could help them gain the vital confidence that they require going into the cup final in Gdansk next week.