Wolves v Manchester United betting tips: United must sharpen up
Wolves v Manchester United preview and odds
Manchester United travel to Molineux hoping to bounce back from their disappointing slip-up at Southampton as we pick out some Wolves v Manchester United betting tips.
The opening-day exuberance of the thumping win over Leeds was lost on the south coast as Mason Greenwood had to rescue a point for a sluggish United side.
Wolves’ new era under Bruno Lage has not started well, with two defeats from their first two Premier League matches piling early pressure on the Portuguese manager who replaced his compatriot Nuno Espirito Santo at the helm. He has already been cut to 16/1 in the Premier League sack race odds.
The need for both teams to get a win under their belt should make this an intriguing contest.
United’s swashbuckling performance against Leeds raised hopes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men could be genuine title contenders this season, but the draw at Southampton revealed old failings.
Solskjaer’s side lost six times last campaign – the same as champions Manchester City – but their 11 draws to City’s five meant they were never really in the title race.
United are not easily beaten on the road and their draw at Southampton equalled the Premier League record of 27 away matches unbeaten, but they can struggle to turn draws in to wins. United to be held at Molineux is available at 13/5, with the visitors 4/5 for the win and Wolves priced at 7/2.
"Not enough creativity, not enough quality."
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Wolves have not beaten United in their last six encounters in all competitions and head into this one short on confidence. They have failed to score in their opening two defeats to Leicester and Tottenham despite the return of talismanic striker Raul Jimenez.
They lost both games 1-0 and this could be a tight affair once again. The last six meetings between the teams have produced over 2.5 goals just once. An away win with under 2.5 goals is an option for Wolves v Manchester United betting tips at 3/1.
Lage has stuck to the back three that Nuno favoured at Wolves but they have struggled to find any attacking spark in the league, although Tuesday’s 4-0 win at Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup will have boosted confidence.
Nelson Semedo replaced Ki-Jana Hoever in the loss at Spurs in the only change from their opening-day defeat. Wolves appear short of options in terms of personnel so Lage could look to change system with Leander Dendoncker and Fabio Silva possible options if he moves away from the 3-5-2 shape.
Solskjaer’s decision to start Anthony Martial up front against Southampton drew criticism as it meant the in-form Greenwood was shunted to the wing. Edinson Cavani is nearing match fitness and could come in to lead the line.
New signing Jadon Sancho has had to be patient with two substitute appearances so far, while Raphael Varane is waiting for his United debut which could come at Molineux – most likely in place of Victor Lindelof.
Adama Traore scored just twice in the league last season but carries a lot of the attacking burden for Wolves. The wide man is 5/1 to get on the scoresheet against United.
With two goals from two games, Greenwood is the form man for the Red Devils and is 4/1 to open the scoring at Molineux.
Paul Pogba has started the season in good form – with four assists against Leeds – but has not scored in the league since January. He can be backed at 4/1 to end that run as the last of our Wolves v Manchester United betting tips.
When: 16:30, Sunday 29th August
How to watch: Sky Sports
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication