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Daniel Podence is available after he was forced off in the win at Everton with a leg issue. Boubacar Traore and Jonny could both return following injury.
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is in contention to start after making his comeback from illness as a substitute in the win against Nottingham Forest. Fellow centre-back Lisandro Martinez returned to training on Wednesday following Argentina’s World Cup win.
head to head
There is positive injury news for Wolves with Jonny and Boubacar Traore ready to play.
Daniel Podence is also fit after having to be substituted against Everton on Boxing Day.
Lopetegui is hopeful of bringing in one or two more signings to improve his side. Wolves have already sealed the loan signing of Matheus Cunhafrom Atletico Madrid.
On Manchester United: “They are one of the best teams, not only in England and have improved a lot in the last months. They are a very complete team with and without the ball so we have to be ready to beat them.”
- Wolves won their most recent Premier League meeting with Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford in January. They last won consecutive league games against them between September 1979 and August 1980.
- United could win on three consecutive league visits to Molineux for the first time.
- The Red Devils scored nine goals across two Premier League encounters in 2011-12 but they have netted just nine in total in the 11 matches between the sides since.
- Wolves are looking to secure consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since March, a sequence which also included an away win against Everton. However, they have lost their last three home league games by an aggregate score of 9-2.
- They begin this game 18th in the Premier League table. Their three league victories so far in this campaign were against the teams currently 17th, 19th and 20th in the table (prior to the latest round of fixtures).
- Wolves can become the first club to reach double figures in Premier League home defeats in consecutive years, having lost 10 times in 2021.
- Since their return to the Premier League in 2018, Wolves have scored eight 90th-minute winning goals in the competition, including one against Everton last time out. Only Liverpool (10) and Tottenham (nine) have netted more in this period.
- Wolves have lost just one of their last nine league games played on New Year’s Eve (W4, D4), though it was in their last such match, at home to QPR in 2016.
- Julen Lopetegui is the first Wolves manager to win his opening top-flight game since John Barnwell in November 1978. He could become only the third manager to win his first two top-flight fixtures in charge of the club after Andy Beattie in 1964 and Sammy Chung in 1977.
- Lopetegui was Sevilla manager when they won the 2020 Europa League, beating Manchester United 2-1 in the semi-finals.
- Two of Joao Moutinho’s five Premier League goals have come against Manchester United, including the winner during the most recent meeting in January.
- Manchester United can win five consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since April 2021.
- United have won four of their last seven Premier League away games (D1, L2), scoring in each match. They had lost the previous seven fixtures in a row on the road.
- They have conceded 39 Premier League away goals in 2022, a joint-league high alongside Brentford.
- The Red Devils are the only team to have won every Premier League match in which they have led this season (nine wins out of nine).
- United have not lost their final league game in any of the last 10 calendar years (W7, D3). Their last such loss, a 3-2 defeat at Blackburn in 2011, was also their only Premier League defeat on New Year’s Eve.
- Anthony Martial has been directly involved in five goals in his last six Premier League appearances for Manchester United (scoring three and assisting two), one more than in his previous 21 games under Ralf Rangnick, Michael Carrick and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Match Referee: Robert Jones Assistant Referees: Lee Betts and Ian Hussin.Video Assistant Referees: Darren England and Harry Lennard.Fourth Official: Thomas Bramall.
The match takes place at Molineux on Saturday 31st December 2022 with a 12.30pm kick off time, the match will be live on BT Sport.