Manchester United passed their first test with flying colors against Chelsea and now must take on a much tougher foe in Wolves. The Wolves squad has a strong tight-knit unit that makes it difficult to beat them. Their team spirit is one of their best attributes. They are never really out of a game even when they’re losing.
We lost last season twice to Nuno Espirito Santo’s men. In each game they were well organized, and compact in both the midfield and defense. Their forwards Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez were constant threats going forward and they placed pressure on our defenders. We’ll have to be ready to deal with their intelligent runs that they make on and off the ball and into the box.
United were sloppy with the ball both times we faced the men in yellow and black. Many times the Red Devils lost the ball in midfield, and in the final third defensively. We can’t afford the same mistakes against a team that ruthlessly punished us especially on the counter-attack where we were the most vulnerable. Ole should make sure that the midfielders fight to win the ball back whenever we lose it and also win any 50-50 balls.
We need to play the ball forward as quickly as possible. I believe we that Ole should use a 4-2-3-1 system to help to protect the back four. Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba should be placed deep in midfield with Jesse Lingard at an advanced position being placed at the top of the diamond.
Andreas Pereira was mostly poor in the Chelsea game. He didn’t make the right decisions with the ball and lost it at times. Although our whole midfield also had that problem. He was probably the biggest culprit. Anthony Martial should be on the left wing and Daniel James on the right. Then Marcus Rashford in the centre-forward position.
Our back four should be Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. I believe Wolves played a similar formation last year when they faced them twice. We just need to keep our concentration and just be careful with the decisions that we make with the ball. Once we are organized and compact from back to front, defend well and we take our chances, then we’ll be fine.
We have to keep their wingers quiet like Jonny and Ruben Neves that supplies the ball to Jimenez and Jota. Keeping possession of the ball especially in our final third of the field and in their final third the field and playing directly against them will put them under constant pressure. These are the things that we need to do to win the game.
How should Ole approach this game against Wolves? What do you think should be the formation and starting line-up?