Manchester United will be aiming for their third-straight win of the Premier League campaign when they entertain newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford this weekend.
United boss Jose Mourinho had found himself under a bit of pressure after the team suffered two defeats from the opening three league games but he has since managed to bring some calm to the proceedings with victories over Burnley and Watford on the road.
Two things to watch for this weekend:
Alexis Sanchez in need of a strong performance: Sanchez has failed to hit the heights from his Arsenal days since joining Manchester United midway through the previous season. As such, there has been a genuine frustration among the United supporters and Saturday’s game provides him with another opportunity to prove his credentials. During midweek, Anthony Martial took his chance against Young Boys to find the scoresheet – something which Sanchez has yet to do this season, and the pressure is now on the Chilean to deliver from his preferred left-wing position or else he could potentially drop to the bench for the forthcoming matches. The Chile international has contributed just one assist versus Burnley since the season begun.
Manchester United’s defensive organisation: Unlike the previous campaign, United have leaked goals (eight from just five matches) this term and this has attributed to them keeping just a solitary clean sheet. Despite this, it could be seen that United have conceded just once since Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof were made the central defensive partners earlier this month but the onus is now on them to continue providing the same level of performance. Wolves may have just returned to the English top-flight but they have shown a sense of fearlessness to their playing style which has involved pressing higher up the field. Irrespective of United’s home advantage, they need to be wary of the counter-attack threat which could expose the backline.
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