Three successive wins have helped to steer Manchester United back on course after a troubling start to the season and they host Wolves at Old Trafford on Saturday.
United still have plenty of ground to make up on the clubs at the top of the table, with their six-point deficit from Chelsea and Liverpool leaving them with much to do, but their victories against Burnley and Watford have given them blueprints to work from going forward.
With Marouane Fellaini’s recent inclusions having helped to make them more solid and Paul Pogba finding his best form again, United will hope to have enough to get the job done against Wolves as well as their forthcoming league opponents West Ham, Newcastle, Chelsea and Everton.
Man Utd Injuries
Luke Shaw came through his return against Young Boys with no adverse effects having suffered concussion playing for England against Spain, but Marcos Rojo may still be unavailable after being replaced 54 minutes into his return with the reserves against Reading last week.
Phil Jones could be absent again after hamstring trouble, while Sergio Romero was back on the bench in midweek having returned from surgery and Diogo Dalot has another 90 minutes under his belt after making his first-team debut in midweek.
Man Utd Suspensions
Marcus Rashford sits out the second game of his three-match suspension having been sent off against Burnley for a retaliatory head-butt on Phil Bardsley.
Man Utd Starting Line-Up
Marouane Fellaini’s performances against Burnley and Watford could make him a consideration for selection, although Jose Mourinho is likely to go for a more dynamic midfield setup against a less bruising Wolves side.
Following a reshuffle in Bern against Young Boys in midweek there should be a more familiar look about the United starting XI, with Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valencia among those pushing for a recall.
Anthony Martial’s goal against Young Boys will have helped to give Mourinho a headache in his attacking selection, while Luke Shaw should keep his place ahead of Ashley Young at left-back.
Wolves Team News
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have started the Premier League season impressively, going down to just a single defeat in the first five games of their return to the top flight.
The second-tier champions arrive at Old Trafford with back-to-back wins against West Ham and Burnley under their belts, leaving them just one place and one point behind United.
Raul Jimenez has already been a huge hit at Molineux, netting a late equaliser on opening day against Everton and grabbing the winner last time out against Burnley.
It will take a reversal of history for Wolves to take anything from the game at the Theatre of Dreams though, as they have lost eight successive fixtures in M16 dating back to 1980.
TV Channel & Kick-off time
The match at Old Trafford kicks off at 3:00pm BST on Saturday, with no live coverage available in the UK due to blackout restrictions. In the U.S. the game will be shown on NBCSN at 10:00am ET.
Best Opta Match facts
Manchester United have won their last six league games against Wolves at Old Trafford, including all four in the Premier League – one of six sides they have played against on at
least four occasions at home in the competition while retaining a 100% record.
Manchester United are looking to avoid consecutive home defeats in the Premier League for the first time since March 2014, while manager José Mourinho has never suffered back-to-back home league defeats in his managerial career.
- Wolves have won their last two Premier League games, both by a 1-0 scoreline. They’ve not won three in a row in the top-flight since March 1980.
- Manchester United have lost just one of their last 49 Premier League home games against promoted sides (W42 D6), a 1-2 defeat against Norwich City in December 2015.
- Man Utd have lost three of their last five Premier League games immediately following a Champions League match (W2).
- Manchester United have seen Marcus Rashford (vs Burnley) and Nemanja Matic (vs Watford) sent off in their last two Premier League games – they’ve never had a player sent off in three consecutive Premier League matches before.
- Manchester United’s Alexis Sánchez has been directly involved in 19 goals in 22 Premier League appearances against promoted sides (15 goals, 4 assists).