Jose Mourinho will have noticed the fine work being done by compatriot Nuno Espirito Santo at Molineux, with Wolverhampton Wanderers adjusting sweetly to life in the Premier League.
It’s never completely certain how a promoted team will adjust to life in the top flight and Wolves did only take a point from their first two matches, although a draw against Manchester City was followed by wins over West Ham and Burnley.
Eight points from five games played is a very solid base and there are reasons to get with the Midlands side for Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford.
In the past, it might have sounded ludicrous to oppose Manchester United at home to a team fresh from the Championship, although the two teams aren’t currently far apart in terms of performance level.
United Bouncing Back?
The Red Devils played reasonably well to win at Vicarage Road on Saturday although they were severely tested by Watford and the game was effectively won in the first half with a couple of set pieces directed towards Marouane Fellaini.
The central of defence is still a problem area even if Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof are occupying those positions for now, with David de Gea proving to be the safe pair of hands we all remembered from last season against the Hornets.
Nemanja Matic will miss this game through suspension and the same applies to Marcus Rashford, meaning that Romelu Lukaku is likely to continue in the central striking role although it should be borne in mind that United come into this game off the back of a 3-0 Champions League win.
Wolves, 57/10 to win with Unibet against United, were sublime against Burnley. A 1-0 winning scoreline didn’t accurately reflect the balance of play, with goalkeeper Joe Hart playing a stormer for the Clarets to keep his team in the game for longer than they should have been.
Nuno operates with three central defenders which allows the full-backs to rove forward and Matt Doherty was particularly impressive in the last match. It was his run and assist that helped Raul Jimenez scored the only goal of the game.
A Settled Pack
The Wolves team is extremely settled at the moment, with Diogo Jota and Bruno Neves retaining their spots from last season, while Helder Costa’s presence in the team ensures that summer signing Adama Traore is currently the super-sub of this team.
We can get with Wolves on the Asian Handicap with a +1 goal handicap which means that a draw or an away win will see us profit with this bet. If Wanderers lose by a single goal, then we will get money back with this wager.
Considering United have beaten Leicester 2-1 before losing 3-0 to Tottenham at Old Trafford, we’re fairly confident about this bet. Especially when you also consider that Brighton enjoyed a 3-2 win over the Red Devils.
It could be a lot closer than the odds suggest and we wouldn’t rule out punting an away win at large odds, with Wolves considering this a good time be facing such illustrious opponents.