Wolves have had a bit of a dip since their exhilarating win over Manchester City on Boxing Day.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have picked up just one point from their three subsequent league games since that stunning come-from-behind victory against the champions, albeit they were incredibly unfortunate not to get anything out of their trip to Liverpool and were denied a win over Newcastle thanks to some spectacular interventions.
Wolves, however, have looked laboured in each of their three games in 2020 so far, including the tepid draw against United in the FA Cup.
United, on the other hand, turned in a strong performance against Norwich at the weekend after a truly abysmal showing against Manchester City in the League Cup.
They looked a threat every time they went forward and, although it was against a poor Norwich side, it should give them the momentum to get over the line against Wolves on Wednesday.
Greenwood’s rise continues to be the shining light of what has otherwise been a bleak season for Manchester United fans.
At the tender age of 18, Greenwood already looks like he is set for big things.
The youngster has already eclipsed the tally achieved by Marcus Rashford in his debut season and he looks a more accomplished finisher than Rashford ever has.
Rashford himself hobbled off in the win over Norwich at the weekend and it is unlikely he will be risked with a mammoth game against Liverpool coming up next weekend, paving the way for Greenwood to lead the line on Wednesday.
Greenwood has already developed something of a speciality – driving left-footed daisy cutters into the bottom corner from just outside the area – and he has been especially prolific at Old Trafford.
It won’t be long before he leads the line on a full-time basis but for now, he’ll have to make do with a starting berth against Wolves and he should repay Solskjaer’s faith in him once more.
United have made a bad habit of throwing away leads against Wolves since the Midlands club were promoted to the Premier League in 2018.
The two clubs have faced each other three times in the league since 2018 and United have struck first in each game. They have failed to win all three of those games.
It has taken no longer than 27 minutes to find the opening goal in their Premier League encounters with Wolves and they will look to strike early on Wednesday in order to establish control in the tie as quickly as possible.
Wolves are also notoriously slow starters. Their goalless draw against United aside, they have gone behind in the first half in each of their last six games.
They went on to make recoveries against Norwich and Man City, but left themselves with too much work to do against Tottenham, Liverpool, Watford and Newcastle.
If they afford United a similarly slow start, their powers of recovery may finally fail them against the Red Devils.