Manchester United vs. Wolves live score, updates, highlights from Premier League

Manchester United are looking to keep climbing with their first game of the new year, a date with the Wolves at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils (7th, 31 points) are only four points behind Champions League spots, but are undefeated in six with Ralf Rangnick and looking to jump with games in hand. A soft schedule in early 2022 gives them a chance to do just that, but they must first get past the defensive-minded Wolves.

Led by Bruno Lage, the Wolves (ninth, 25pts) also have games in hand over those above them due to the COVID-19 postponements, and while they have struggled scoring lately, only two goals conceded in their last seven Premier League games a tough test for Cristiano Ronaldo and company.

Still, the Wolves’ last two games have been postponed and rust could be a factor, as has been the case with most clubs returning from long and unexpected layoffs.

Sporting News will follow the game live and provide score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

1 HOUR 2H Final
Man united 0
Wolves 0

None

(All the eastern time)

The best chance of the match, but a Raúl Jiménez wide open misses a header on the door. Anyway, he was well offside, so despite the glitch, the flag is raised. Wolves very close.

The opportunity, hilariously, started with Ronaldo inexplicably trying to get her back to De Gea, but instead gave it to the Lobos in the attacking third. De Gea rightly enlightens Ronaldo for trying that.

Phil Jones regains possession in the attacking third and the crowd goes wild. The opportunity is reduced to nothing when Greenwood tries to wind his way through the trees in the penalty area.

The public’s reaction speaks both to how smooth this game has been and to their affection for the defender.

Wolves kills again for about 10 minutes with slow, sleepy possession before United reappears, through the same attack as the last, and the same result, when a Wan-Bissaka cross passes over the head of a Ronaldo on the rise.

A problem for the Wolves here, as Ruben Neves is ready for treatment, it seems like McTominay caught him lightly. He is a very important player.

20 minutes: Old Trafford begins to feel the pressure and the fans come to life. The team responds immediately and produces its first attack through, of all people, Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The defensive-minded right-back whips into a cross, and Cristiano Ronaldo rises high to catch him, but the ball goes over his head.

If we’re honest, it looks like Man United has yet to come forward. Wolves have fired seven shots at United, though most of the visitors’ efforts have been from outside the area. They only have a combined 0.22 xG for those seven rips. United have wasted possession after possession.

Nelson Semedo takes shot number eight for the Wolves, forcing another save by De Gea from a tight angle to the right.

Daniel Podence forces a save by David de Gea from a tight angle, but the Spaniard was well positioned. The next corner almost saw Ruben Neves unleash a Kovacic-like volley from miles away, but again De Gea was there to keep him out.

An absolutely flamboyant pass from Mason Greenwood is a break for Manchester United, but it comes to nothing. Take nothing away from the pass, in which Greenwood, pinned near the top corner of his own box and in front of his own net, turned with his body and threw a 40-yard feed to launch Jadon Sancho on the opposite flank. . My God.

Wolves are off to a brighter start from the start, with 70% possession in the first five minutes. Some warning signs for United early on and a corner for Wolves.

We are on our way to Old Trafford, with massive applause for Phil Jones on his return. The 29-year-old is a hugely popular player not just with Man United fans, but in England.

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The lineups are ready, confirming that Phil Jones has his first league start in two years. The manager sang his praise, as did the media.

Man United vs. Wolves lineups

Man United manager Ralf Rangnick has taken the bold step of dropping, who missed the last game due to suspension but only returns to the bench. There seems to be no room for the natural No. 10 in Rangnick’s stiff 4-4-2 formation.

The game is also the first start since 2020, with a foul due to injury.

De Gea (GK) – Shaw, Jones, Varane, Wan-Bissaka – Greenwood, Matic, McTominay, Sancho – Ronaldo, Cavani.

Henderson (GK), Telles, Dalot, Elanga, Van de Beek, Fred, Lingard, Fernandes, Rashford.

Bruno Lage makes only two changes since the draw with Chelsea, as and entering the side.

Jose Sa (GK) – Kilman, Coady, Saiss – Marcal, Neves, Moutinho, Trincao, Semedo – Jimenez, Podence.

Ruddy (GK), Hoever, Alt-Nouri, Jordao, Silva, Dendoncker, Traore, Cundle, Bueno.

  • Date: Monday January 3
  • Hour: 12:30 pm ET
  • Television channel: US Network
  • Spanish television: Universe
  • Transmission: fuboTV, NBCSports.com (authenticated users)

The Old Trafford game will be broadcast on USA Network (English) and Universo (Spanish) and both channels can be broadcast on fuboTV, which is available to new users in a 7-day free trial.

Subscribers to cable, satellite or telecommunications packages can also watch NBCSports.com with authentication.

Man United vs. Wolves, betting lines and odds

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  • Money line: Man United -150 / Draw +950 / Wolves +450
  • Smeared: Man United -0.5 (-150) / Wolves +0.5 (+130)
  • O / U 2.5 total goals: Over +120 / Under -145
  • Both teams will score: Yes +105 / No -135