Friday, September 29, 2023

Manchester United vs Wolves LIVE commentary: Red Devils aim to pile misery on Wanderers in Premier League opener – kick-off time, team news and how to follow

Manchester United will get their Premier League campaign underway by hosting Wolves tonight, live and exclusive on talkSPORT.

The Red Devils are among the last two teams in action on the opening weekend as they look to bounce back from an indifferent pre-season.

Man United are looking to build on their fourth placed finish last time outGetty

Erik ten Hag’s side beat Community Shield winners Arsenal before losing three successive friendlies.

United – who played the joint-most amount of games this summer – finished their schedule by beating Lens 3-1 before a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao.

United did the double over Wolves last season and will be favourites to win again due to the Wanderers’ problems off-field.

Julen Lopetegui left the club recently and has been replaced by Gary O’Neil while Ruben Neves, Nathan Collins and Raul Jimenez have also departed.

Man United vs Wolves: talkSPORT coverage

This Premier League clash will take place on Monday, August 14.

Kick-off at Old Trafford will take place at 8pm.

talkSPORT will have live and EXCLUSIVE coverage of the Red Devils’ top-flight opener, presented by Adrian Durham.

Commentary comes from Sam Matterface and former England midfielder Danny Murphy. will also be running a live blog of all the action as well.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

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Man United vs Wolves: Team news

The hosts are struggling with several injuries, with Amad Diallo, Kobbie Mainoo and Tyrell Malacia sidelined.

United’s £72million new signing Rasmus Hojlund is unavailable as he continues to nurse a back injury sustained during pre-season.

Former United captain Harry Maguire may also miss out as he closes in on a move to West Ham.

Wolves have no fresh injury concerns to contend with as Matt Doherty makes his second debut after returning to club.

Man United vs Wolves: What has been said?

Ten Hag hailed a valuable weekend that wrapped up the club’s pre-season as they played twice in 24 hours.

He said: “In one weekend, two times we are losing but you see this team have character and that’s what you need in a season as well. Sometimes you are down and then you have to show resilience and especially in such moments you need determination.

“We have shown that this weekend, it was a good weekend for us. Yesterday I thought it was a very good level, today I have seen also very good spells.

“I think the start of the game was also very good and we should have scored a goal to go up, because it was a great chance from Jadon Sancho.

“We had some good moments after that as well and it was stupid how we went down but as I said, we had a result and we came back so it was a good weekend for us.”

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Man United vs Wolves: Match facts

Bruno Fernandes has scored in each of his last three appearances for Man Utd in all competitions, last netting in four consecutively in November 2020. However, he’s only faced West Ham (10) more often without finding the net for the Red Devils than he has Wolves (6), though he has provided three assists against them.Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford scored 20 goals in 30 games at Old Trafford in all competitions last season, with Erling Haaland (35) the only Premier League player to net more home goals.Manchester United conceded fewer home goals than any other side in the Premier League last season (10), while only Nottingham Forest (11) scored fewer away from home than Wolves (12) last term.Wolves are winless in their last eight Premier League away games (D2 L6), losing the last four in a row by an aggregate score of 15-1. It’s their longest losing run on the road since their return to the top-flight, last losing more consecutively in the competition between September-December 2011 (6).Since losing to Brighton on the opening weekend last season, Manchester United are now unbeaten in their last 18 Premier League home games (W15 D3), conceding just eight goals in this run. They’ve won their last six in a row at Old Trafford, last having a longer streak between May-November 2017 (8).Wolves have lost their opening league game in each of the last two seasons, last doing so in three consecutive campaigns between 1988-89 and 1990-91.No team has won their opening Premier League game more often than Manchester United (20), though the Red Devils have lost on MD1 in two of the last three seasons. They lost at home to Brighton in their first game last season, last losing their opening league game in consecutive campaigns since 1972-73/1973-74.This is the fifth time in their history Manchester United are beginning a top-flight campaign with a game on a Monday. They’ve gone on to win the title on three of the previous four occasions they’ve done so (1907-08, 2010-11 and 2012-13), failing only in 1912-13 when they finished fourth.Having been unbeaten in their first four Premier League meetings with Man Utd following their return to the division in 2018 (W1 D3), Wolves have now lost five of their last six against the Red Devils.Manchester United have lost just one of their last 12 home league games against Wolves (W8 D3), going down 1-0 in January 2022.

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