Wolverhampton Wanderers entertain Manchester United at Molineux on the final day of the 2020/21 Premier League season (4pm kick-off UK time).
This game will be Nuno Espírito Santo’s final game in charge of the West Midlands club whilst his opposite number Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will certainly have one eye on their forthcoming Europa League final against Villarreal.
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- UK: BT Sport 1
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Wolves vs Man Utd predicted XIs:
No fewer than four Wolves players are ruled out for the visit of Manchester United this weekend. Daniel Podence, Pedro Neto, Jonny and Raul Jimenez continue their recovery ahead of next season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to make wholesale changes from his last starting lineup with the Europa League final days away. Scott McTominay, Fred, Harry Maguire and Anthony Martial are either doubtful or ruled out through injury.
- Wolves: Patricio; Boly, Coady, Kilman; Semedo, Dendoncker, Neves, Ait Nouri; Gibbs-White; Traore, Silva.
- Man Utd: Henderson; Williams, Tuanzebe, Bailly, Telles; Matic, Van de Beek; Diallo, Mata, Rashford; Greenwood.
Espírito Santo to bow out with victory?
It’s fair to say, given their newfound status, Wolves have underperformed this season. Following a return to Premier League football in 2018 they would subsequently finish seventh before equalling that position the following year, earning more points but missing out on European football. With one match remaining in 2020/21 the best they can do is 12th. A disappointing return, though very few were calling for manager Nuno Espírito Santo to stand down considering the great job he’s done.
But football is ultimately a results game and Espírito Santo feels he has taken Wolves as far as possible. Having been initially appointed in 2017, the 47-year-old Portuguese tactician seemingly evoked Béla Guttmann’s oft-spoken rule. The legendary Hungarian manager once hypothesised the third year for a successful coach would be “fatal”. That’s because, if a manager stays at a club beyond three years, his players tend to become complacent and opponents start to work them out.
His decision to step down could go either way. Either Wolves become resurgent under new leadership or remain stagnant with the spectre of relegation looming above them. But for now there’s a sense of celebration and work still to do. There’s no fitting opposition for Espírito Santo’s final game. He’s only faced Leicester City (nine) more times as Wolves boss than United (eight). So far the head-to-head record is two wins apiece with one of those Wolves successes coming in England’s top division.
Back in April 2019 Wolves came from a goal down, thanks Diogo Jota’s equaliser and a Chris Smalling own goal after Scott McTominay had given United the lead. From the starting XI that day only seven remain, with at least half expected to feature when United return this weekend. Given their visitors are expected to field a weaker side, on the count of resting key players for this season’s Europa League final on May 26, the opportunity of ending Espírito Santo’s reign on a high note becomes even bigger.
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Premier League 2020/21 recent form:
- Wolves: LLWDL
- Man Utd: DLLWD
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