How Manchester United should line up vs Wolves in Premier League fixture – Samuel Luckhurst

Manchester United are back in Premier League action on Monday evening when they host Wolves at Old Trafford.

Ralf Rangnick’s side recorded an important win over Burnley last Thursday and will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to life under their interim manager.

United have won their last three Premier League games against Wolves, while Bruno Lage’s side are winless in their last 10 away league visits.

In terms of early team news, Paul Pogba is expected to miss the match through injury but Victor Lindelof could return after a recent Covid lay-off.

Here is how MEN writers would line up.

Samuel Luckhurst

United produced a progressive if unmemorable performance against Burnley with personnel more conducive to Rangnick’s 4-2-2-2 system.

Aaon Wan-Bissaka was not an upgrade on Diogo Dalot and the Portuguese should come back in, as should Raphael Varane now Eric Bailly is on Africa Cup of Nations duty.

It would be logical to leave the front six unchanged. Nemanja Matic is the sole defensive midfield specialist at United and would form a combative partnership with Scott McTominay against Wolves’ tenacious midfielders.

The attacking quartet against Burnley was far more compatible but Bruno Fernandes could have a key role off the bench.

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Rich Fay

United’s line up will once again rely on juggling player fitness levels but in an ideal world Varane will be fit enough to start in defence alongside Maguire. Wan-Bissaka failed to impress against Burnley so doesn’t deserve to keep his starting place, though Shaw does.

Fred and McTominay remain the most reliable central midfield pairing, meaning Van de Beek will need to wait until the FA Cup before he is given a chance from the start.

In terms of the attacking quartet Rangnick seems to have found his most balanced option with the selection last time out and if fit it would be great to see them all start again.

Dominic Booth

The full-back positions are the only ones in real doubt among the back five, with Dalot looking like the best attacking option at right-back. The way he handled Allain Saint-Maximin at Newcastle also suggests he’ll cope with Adama Traore too.

McTominay has to stay in the midfield after his performance against Burnley, while Fred can be rotated back in. Fernandes wasn’t missed too much against the Clarets and none of Greenwood, Sancho nor Cavani deserve to be dropped.

Rangnick might have half a thought to rest Ronaldo, given the past week’s hectic schedule, but he should start and be taken off if and when the game is in the bag.

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