If Manchester United fans really think there’s big issues behind the scenes at Old Trafford, then they should pull a Wolves fan aside for a little pre match chat.
It’s hard enough at the best of times going to United, but their eve-of-the-season chaos has left supporters feeling blue in the Black County. Julen Lopetegui calling it quits days before curtain up has the club in crisis mode, Gary O’Neil taking over with next to no time to try and restore some order.
The Spaniard quit after a tumultuous summer at Molineux, having reached an agreement to be paid off. The new man has a point to prove after being unceremoniously dumped by Bournemouth’s owners in June.
All has not been well behind the scenes for months, with Lopetegui growing increasingly frustrated at not being able to revamp his squad for another go at the Premier League. But fans fear their team is much weaker than last time out, and it’s hard to argue.
Flogging captain Ruben Neves to Al-Hilal for a club-record £47million caused annoyance, but also allowed idol Raul Jimenez to join Fulham had those fans demanding answers. With the only notable incoming signing being Matt Doherty on a free transfer, they are well short.
Are United stronger? It certainly seems that way. After ending their trophy drought last campaign, Erik ten Hag is confident of challenging for the league title. Some big-money purchases over the summer has raised expectations.
The Red Devils shelled out over £180million on new recruits with the likes of Rasmus Hojlund, Mason Mount and Andre Onana all arriving over the summer. They boast an excellent record against Wolves, winning six of their last eight meetings, including the league double last season.
United were near-perfect at Old Trafford last term, winning 15 of their 19 league matches, losing at home just once. But they only scored 36 times in front of their supporters, way less than the others up the top. They’ll be well backed to get their tally up early on Monday night.
Wolves may have finished 13th last time out, but they scored the fewest goals of any team last season. It would take a brave person to put money on them making a flying start here.
|Manchester U to win||2/7 – PaddyPower|
|Wolves to win||8/1 – Bet365|
|Draw||24/5 – Unibet|
The Monday Night Football curtain raiser appears to be a total miss-match and Wolves will have to ride their luck to come away with anything against a United side so strong at home under Erik ten Hag. The pressure is on the host to put on a show.
They’ll be desperate to start in style so with that in mind, our punters.pub bet of the day is for United to win, Bruno Fernandes to score and over three goals at 4/1 with Bet365.