Football Tips: Goals, goals, goals, in your 3 best bets for Wolves v Man Utd

Our tipster Andrew Cunneen foresees some chaos on the agenda for Wolves v Man Utd and Nuno Espirito Santo's farewell.


* All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

While they’re clearly a way off being back to their glorious selves, what I will say for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is that a 71-point tally, and potentially a 74-point tally, would represent United’s second-best points tally since Fergie left. They’re reliant now on more functional footballers like Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay as well as some elder statesmen like Edinson Cavani to complement the younger talents like Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.

For as long as United have been a force, they’ve had a streamline of young talent who are producing on a consistent enough basis for the fans to be excited. And this team doesn’t have superstars, really.


They’ve got a big sulking manchild in Paul Pogba, a goalkeeper that was once world-class and now resembles a five-a-side, last-man-back type figure – as well as Fred – who needs no introduction – and a bloke with a massive head at the back. But hope springs eternal and United’s youth system is once again reconnecting fans to the better days.

They’ll be getting a run-out here too, with Villarreal fast approaching. And for all the hope and all the sentiment associated with – I think they’ll be beaten by a fired-up Wolves saying goodbye to Nuno Espirito Santo. Here’s three best bets so you can care about this game far more than Ole Gunnar.

Sunday 3pm: Wolves v Manchester United
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Short-Price Punt: Both Teams to Score

You can’t stop Man United scoring, regardless of who’s on the pitch. They’ve more interest in what their press photos will looks like post-match than they do about defensive solidarity. But that payoff usually lands us BTTS bets when they play, so I won’t argue.

United’s back four is a work in progress, but you can probably make a case for both Maguire and Shaw being two of United’s most-improved players. But they’ll probably both sit this one out and leave the kids to cope with the one asset Wolves actually have – and that’s pace. As a result, both sides should score.

Value Bet: Wolves to Win

I just don’t think you get these kind of prices too often. It’s an odd betting proposition, but there genuinely is enough evidence in the past to suggest that Solskjaer could rest eleven starters and not be too bothered about it.

Given this is away too, and he doesn’t have the added responsibility of giving the returning supporters a show, it could be a bloodbath, and that’s a fine bit of value for Wolves to Win for their departing manager, if I do say so myself.

Long Shot: Over 5.5 Goals

It could be one of those last-day nonsenses. Wolves have had a very indifferent year, whether that be due to the work they’ve put in in previous campaigns or not – they feel like they didn’t land a blow in 2020/21 and that’ll disappoint a lot of people.

Perhaps this is the occasion where they lay down a marker for next year and fully go at it. If United’s team is as young as it might be, then don’t be surprised to see a shootout of epic proportions and Over 5.5 Goals. Well, as epic as a game that doesn’t matter could be.

Wolves v Man Utd tips

Short-Price Punt: Both Teams to Score
Value Bet: Wolves to Win
Long Shot: Over 5.5 Goals

* All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.



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