Manchester United will be aiming to kick off 2022 with back-to-back Premier League wins when they host Wolves this evening.
The Red Devils returned to winning ways in their last game in 2021 with a 3-1 over Burnley.
United are eager to keep their pursuit of Champions League football on track.
They have two games in hand over fifth-placed West Ham.
Wolves, meanwhile, haven’t played since their goalless draw with Chelsea on December 19 due to Covid postponements.
Man United v Wolves: Team news
Manchester United can welcome back Bruno Fernandes from suspension but still have a number of injury issues to contend with.
Paul Pogba remains United’s long-term absentee due to an ongoing thigh problem while Victor Lindelof is still struggling with Covid.
Anthony Martial is battling a knee issue and Eric Bailly is due to join Ivory Coast for his country’s participation in the African Cup of Nations.
Wolves, meanwhile, are waiting on which players will be absent with coronavirus after the club’s game at Arsenal was postponed due to an outbreak.
Bruno Lage is also without a number of other key stars through injury with Jonny and Pedro Neto (knee) both definitely out.
Hwang Hee-Chan and Yerson Mosquera (hamstring) are missing as is Willy Boly (calf) while Rayan Ait-Nouri is battling a groin problem.
Man United v Wolves: Match facts
- Manchester United have won their last three Premier League games against Wolves, last having a longer winning run against them in league competition between 1964 and 1968 (5 games).
- Wolves are winless in their last 10 away league games against Man Utd (D3 L7) since a 1-0 win in February 1980.Wolves have failed to score on seven occasions in that run, netting just three goals in total.
- Wolves haven’t scored first in any of their last 13 Premier League games against Man Utd, since beating them 1-0 at Molineux in January 2004.
- Manchester United have a higher win rate in Premier League games in January than any other side in the history of the competition (65.5% – won 74 of 113 games).
- Meanwhile, Wolves’ lowest win rate in a specific month in the competition is in January (17.2% – won five of 29 games).Manchester United have the highest win rate (64.7%) of all sides in Premier League games played on Mondays (won 44 of 68 games).
- The Red Devils have lost just one of their last 17 such games (W8 D8), going down 3-0 at home to Spurs in August 2018.Wolves have won just four of their 16 Premier League games played on Mondays (D4 L8) – it’s their lowest win rate on any day of the week on which they’ve played more than once in the competition (25%).
- Manchester United have won their first league game in five of the last six calendar years, with the exception being a 2-0 loss at Arsenal in 2020.
- Wolves haven’t won their first game of the calendar year in any of their seven previous Premier League campaigns (D2 L5), with their last such win as a top-flight side coming in 1981 against Middlesbrough.
- None of Wolves’ last seven Premier League games has seen more than one goal (3x 0-0, 2x 1-0 wins, 2x 1-0 losses). Only two sides have ever had longer such runs in the competition’s history – Crystal Palace (8 between November 1994-January 1995) and Burnley (9 between April 2015-August 2016).
- Man Utd star Cristiano Ronaldo’s first ever Premier League start came in a match against Wolves, with the Red Devils winning 1-0 on August 27th 2003 thanks to a John O’Shea strike.