Far be it from me to ever agree with anything Paul Scholes ever says, but he had a point after Man United threw a point away at Leicester.
He said that they kept their best players on the bench. While you could argue that they were 2-1 up at this point, Leicester are most vulnerable when they go behind because they’ve to commit more men forward than they’d ever like to.
So, expect a different lineup to emerge for this Wolves clash – a game in which they’ll have more of the ball.
But the big indicator for how this game will go is Wolves’ away form.
Paul Scholes: “You can’t be trying to win the title and leaving your best players on the bench” [BT]
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) December 26, 2020
Their only credible results away from Molineux this season have come against madcap teams like Arsenal, Leeds and an opening day at basement side Sheffield United.
Man United, for all the laughing we do at them, are in the ascendancy and the disappointment at a draw away at Leicester proves that actually, we’re already giving them more credit than we care to admit.
And yet, Wolves move just three points behind Ole’s charges if they win at Old Trafford. What a bloody season, folks.
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There’s a part of me that worries for Wolves here, but there’s also a sense that the wheels have to come off of Man United at some point – and their back three/back four, whichever they deploy – has so many individual mistakes in them, that it’s hard to trust that price.
That’s not including David De Gea who, to anyone reading who’s under the age of 25, used to actually be the consensus best goalkeeper in the world.
Wolves are clinical in the final third, and that’s the one thing I’ll hand them. Think of Neto’s finish against Chelsea for example. They don’t waste possession in the final third which is a prime reason that, while they might not have Mott Doherty providing an assist every week, they’re still scoring goals at crucial times.
As this United side have a phobia of putting games to bed, I can see similar happening here.
As Scholesy rightly said, United’s best players weren’t in the XI against Leicester – instead, they’ll be sent out against Wolves where the likes of Pogba, van de Beek and a certain Uruguayan striker can benefit from the increase in tempo and the space created.
Speaking of said Uruguayan striker..
In terms of the range of finishes he can provide, there may not be a striker better equipped to convert half-chances into viable goalscoring opportunities.
That’s not me saying he’s better than Harry Kane, so put down your Shoot magazine and favourite team’s third kit – I’m merely saying there’s a touch of Javier Hernandez about him, where goals appear from improbably situations. He should flash in this one.
They’re generally scoring late. They did against Spurs, they did against Chelsea and even their late consolation against Burnley was in the final minute.
Naturally they’re not the most talented outfit in the league, but you can very clearly make a case for them being the fittest.
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