Premier League Gameweek 3
Aug 29, 2021 KO: 15:30

Wolves - Man Utd

Molineux Stadium Wolverhampton
Referee: Mike Dean
  80' Greenwood

Match preview

No Ronaldo, but Varane to debut? - How Man Utd could line up against Wolves

Cristiano Ronaldo has completed a sensational return to Manchester United, but he likely won't be in the squad to face Wolves

Manchester United fans will likely have to wait until the international break before seeing Cristiano Ronaldo in the famous red shirt again.

On Friday, the club announced Ronaldo's sensational return from Juventus, as he transfers back to the Red Devils after leaving them for Real Madrid in 2009.

As of yet, Ronaldo hasn't actually completed a medical yet, so there are a few formalities that need to be taken care of before he is officially registered to play, and that won't happen before the Wolves match on Sunday.

We could, however, finally see the debut of Raphael Varane, who only made the bench in the uninspiring 1-1 draw against Southampton last weekend.

Jadon Sancho, too, might make the starting XI after being a substitute in the opening two matches of the campaign.

If those two come in, it will be at the expense of Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic, with positions being altered.

David de Gea will start in goal behind a back four of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw.

Fred and Matic didn't offer much creativity against Southampton, so Solskjaer may use the Wolves game as an opportunity to move Paul Pogba make into a central midfield position alongside Fred.

The World Cup winner has been played off the left so far this season, but when Ronaldo comes in and Marcus Rashford returns, he will likely be moved deeper anyway.

Scott McTominay is sidelined currently after undergoing groin surgery, while Rashford is also recovering from shoulder surgery.

Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial could start behind lone striker Mason Greenwood.

Edinson Cavani should make the squad, and we could see him from the bench.

Possible Man Utd XI v Wolves

Recent Ratings

Next Game

70
Wolves
VS
79
Man Utd
  Average Match Rating  
6.1
  Home  
6.7
6.1
  Away  
6.6
6.1
  Total  
6.6

Match statistics

Wolves
Statistics
Man Utd
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
6
11
Draws
4
4
Losses
10
5
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
17
40
Goals Per Game
0.85
2.00
More > 2.5 Goals
7
11
More > 3 Goals
4
8
Scored First in a Match
5
12
Scored Both Halves
1
6
Won More > 1 Goal
1
7
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
25
24
Did Not Score
9
1
Both Teams Scored
7
15
Kept Clean Sheet
6
5
Won Without Conceding
4
4
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
640
736
Possession
51
56
Passes
449
545
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
14
13
Shots on Target
4.30
4.90
Goals out of Shots
0.06
0.15
Crosses
22
17
Offsides
1.80
2.23
Penalties
0.05
0.20
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.30
0.25
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
16
17
Interceptions
11
11
Own Goals
0.05
0.10
Aerials Won
14
12
Total Shots Conceded
12
11
Shots on Target Conceded
5.26
4.16
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.11
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
11
12
Yellow Cards
1.15
2.05
Red Cards
0.00
0.00

Injuries

  1. Arm/Elbow injury image description
  2. Knee Injury image description
  3. Ankle/Foot Injury image description
  4. Shoulder Injury image description
  5. COVID-19 image description
  6. Groin/Pelvis Injury image description
  7. ACL Knee Ligament Injury image description
  8. Knee Injury image description