Wolves game United a game in the League Cup a couple of weeks ago, with us relying on Chicharito to come off the bench to score us our winning goal.
That game bears no relevance to what will take place today, given that Amos, Brown, Smalling Evans, Fabio, Gibson, Obertan, Macheda, Bebe were amongst the starting players. Park Ji-Sung is the probably the one player you could bet on starting today as well, thanks to our injuries to wingers Nani, Ryan Giggs and Antonio Valencia. Michael Carrick is also in for a shout of starting, particularly with the gradual improvements to his form, but I’d prefer the Fletch-Scholes partnership. That leaves us with little option but Gabriel Obertan on the left wing. He got a goal midweek so should be brimming with confidence at least. If things go to plan with the scoreline, then maybe even Bebe will get a run out too.
Chicharito and Dimitar Berbatov have started to form a nice partnership so it would be nice to see that flourish today. Despite lacking goals since the Liverpool hattrick, Berbatov had been putting in some good performances and linking up well with Hernandez. He cut a frustrated figure midweek though and grumbles from last season have become audible again. Fingers crossed he does the business today to get them off his back again, although no one can deny that seeing Chicharito’s face after he scores a goal, any goal, makes him a favourite amongst the fans for sticking the ball in the net.
The points are more important than anything, a point I echo every week, but I would really like to see us start moving up a gear now. We’ve got a big game midweek and it would be nice to go in to that with some good football under our belts.
The last time we met in the league it caused a lot of controversy, with Wolves changing ten outfield players, with the assumption that Mick McCarthy was chalking off the points at Old Trafford before he’d even shown up. He insisted he was playing the freshest team he could. It didn’t stop the Premier League slapping a suspended fine on the club though, which is ridiculous, when you consider the weakened teams United and Liverpool have played in the league ahead of European Cup finals over recent years.
Wolves won’t be showing up with a weakened team today though, following their victory over City last week. They will be up for it and have the belief they won’t necessarily leave empty handed.
It’s important we’re solid at the back then, that we don’t switch off at set pieces, and have the players in the centre of the park who are capable of dictating the game.
Today we could take the gap between Chelsea to 2 points, then keep our fingers crossed that Steven Gerrard decides to assist his own team instead of the opposition for this season’s visit from the rentboys.
Come on reds!
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