Manchester United Have Been Warned - How Wolves Have Upset The Top Six This Season
Wolves have already thwarted Manchester United twice this season and they will be looking to do it again tonight.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are chasing a top-four finish but they are all too aware of Wolves’ habit of upsetting the top teams at home and away. Only a few weeks ago, Wolves sent United crashing out of the FA Cup and last year they also held United a draw at Old Trafford.
An FA Cup semi-final against Watford awaits for Nuno Espirito Santo's side this weekend and the suggestion is that they will rest several players against United as they look to reach the Final.
It has been an outstanding return to the top flight for Wolves and they currently lie seventh in the table, 16 points adrift of the top six. Compare this record to that of Fulham who were also promoted with similar fanfare and excitement yet are on the verge of being relegated with weeks of the season to play.
Wolves have found the supposedly lesser teams more of a challenge, as evidenced by the fact relegated Huddersfield Town managed to do the double over them.
They famously ended Spurs’ Premier League title hopes with a 3-1 win at Wembley and also held Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at a time when the blues were looking unstoppable.
After tonight’s game against United, Wolves have two more games against a top six team - Arsenal at home on April 24 and away at Liverpool on May 12.
Here’s a closer look at Wolves stand-out results this season...
August 25: Wolves 1-1 Manchester City
The home side had led with a controversial 57th minute goal from Willy Boly after his header looked to have hit his hand on the way into the net.
City were level thanks to a goal from Aymeric Laporte but they couldn’t find a way through in a frantic finish.
Wolves also had their chances to win it but they did enough to suggest they were not going to be a rollover.
September 22: Manchester United 1-1 Wolves
Jose Mourinho’s men were under pressure for much of this game yet led in the 18th minute through Fred.
Joao Moutinho scored a second half equaliser and the visitors pressed hard for a winner in the closing stages but United held out.
November 11: Arsenal 1-1 Wolves
Wolves came very close to taking all three points from the Emirates, denied by Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s equalising goal four minutes from time.
Ivan Cavaleiro had given Wolves the lead after 13 minutes but they failed to convert the chances their possession deserved.
December 5: Wolves 2-1 Chelsea
Wolves ended a run of seven games without a win after coming from a goal down to beat Chelsea.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek gave Maurizio Sarri’s team an 18th-minute lead but two second-half goals in four minutes from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota earned Wolves all three points.
December 29: Tottenham 1-3 Wolves
Tottenham were still up to their knees in the title race going into this game on December 29 but they were stunned by a Wolves onslaught in the second half.
Harry Kane had given Spurs a first half lead but Wolves responded in remarkable fashion, scoring three goals in 15 minutes through Willy Boly, Raul Jiminez and Helder Costa.
March 10: Chelsea 1-1 Wolves
Only a stoppage time goal from Eden Hazard prevented Wolves from taking all three points from Stamford Bridge.
Raul Jiminez had put Wolves in front in the 56th minute though they had been on the backfoot for most of the game.