Premier League – Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United
Is Wolves’ chief executive Jez Moxey already regretting the hasty decision to appoint Mick McCarthy’s assistant Terry Connor as his successor? Wanderers have managed just one point from the three games that Connor has overseen and has reportedly received the dreaded vote of confidence even though the Wolves board appointed him until the end of the season.
There were protest during and after their latest 2-0 defeat against fellow strugglers Blackburn last week, a result that left Wolves, who have now only won once in 14 league matches, 19th in the table and fans took the opportunity to vent their anger at the club’s board, with banners being unfurled in the stands, boos ringing out at the final whistle and a section of supporters protesting after the game outside Molineux, prompting chairman and owner Steve Morgan to eventually go and speak to those involved. Escape from relegation on the last day of last season now must seem like a distant memory for Wolves’ fans and, as their team slips further into the mire, they won’t be looking forward to a visit from Premier League leaders Manchester United, especially as captain Karl Henry will definitely be missing and Dave Edwards is also struggling.
Henry could have given much-needed bit to the Wolves midfield but the home team are likely to find themselves swamped by a United team that’s in full flow in the league, despite their European troubles, and are particularly strong across the middle when Wayne Rooney drops deep to orchestrate proceedings. Phil Jones and Nani didn’t make the trip to Bilbao in midweek but could be available again for Sir Alex Ferguson this weekend as the United manager may decide to switch his team around to avoid fatigue. On paper, this is one of United’s more straightforward tasks between now and the end of the campaign and they’ll be looking to build up a further head in steam. Wolves’ defending has been comical at times this season and the visitors should have few problems notching a fifth straight league win at 1/3. Danny Welbeck and United to win on the Wincast is 11/10.