Following their disappointing exit in the Champions League in midweek, Manchester United will look to unleash their anger on Wolves at Old Trafford.
United’s performances in Europe all season had warranted their exit from the competition and Basle duly delivered with a 2-1 win over the Premier League champions. Defender Nemanja Vidic is out until the end of the season with cruciate ligament damage and Phil Jones should move back to a defensive position.
Michael Carrick returns from suspension and Dimitar Berbatov could be back from his ankle injury. United beat Villa 1-0 last weekend and controlled the game well, but lost striker Javier Hernandez to injury. United will be desperate to erase the Champions League demons and Wolves could receive a hiding.
Mick McCarthy’s men will see the return of captain Karl Henry, which will be a boost against a United side capable of ripping through Wolves. Roger Johnson is expected to be recalled after Jody Craddock’s doubts over a hamstring problem. Wolves showed great resiliency to beat Sunderland 2-1 late on last weekend and will need the same kind of battling form at Old Trafford. Striker Steven Fletcher scored twice against Martin O’Neill’s side and should keep his place against the Premier League champions.
United have yet to inflict a real hiding on a team since they beat Bolton 5-0 at the Reebok Stadium early in the season. Sir Alex Ferguson will be seething at their exit from Europe’s elite club competition and his side will show their frustrations by beating Wolves comprehensively at Old Trafford.
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