Erik ten Hag is expected to make one change as Manchester United line up to face Wolves in the Premier League at Molineux Stadium on Thursday evening.
However, they created more challenges in the match than necessary for themselves, and they now return to Premier League action against Wolves – Raphaël Varane‘s header secured a triumph for United the last time the two teams met, earning them three points at Old Trafford in August.
André Onana made his debut for the club during that tie and is expected to start once again after Cameroon were knocked out of AFCON, despite Altay Bayındır making his debut against Newport.
In defence, Ten Hag will be able to select what many see as his best defensive lineup for the first time in a long time in the Premier League, with Diogo Dalot, Raphaël Varane, Lisandro Martínez, and Luke Shaw all together.
However, it must also be considered that Harry Maguire may be in contention to start over Varane, as the England international was on fine form before his injury in December.
In midfield, United have lacked a strong defensive base, and Casemiro’s return against Newport puts him in solid contention to start, as he is the club’s only primarily defensive midfielder.
After scoring on the weekend, both Bruno Fernandes and Kobbie Mainoo are expected to continue at the centre of the park.
Up front, Erik ten Hag has a huge call to make. After missing the FA Cup tie due to illness and a disciplinary issue, Marcus Rashford is back in contention for selection following a resolution of his matter, but Ten Hag may wish to keep the player on the bench for the Wolves game.
Antony scored his first goal of the season against Newport and also provided his first assist, so will almost certainly start at right wing – and with Garnacho having an increasing impact on the squad, he will likely start on the left if Rashford does not.
Rasmus Højlund, the club’s top scorer this season, will keep his place as the centre-forward.
Full Manchester United predicted XI:
Onana, Dalot, Varane, Martínez, Shaw, Casemiro, Mainoo, Fernandes, Antony, Højlund, Garnacho.
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