Three decisions for Solskjaer to consider ahead of Manchester United v Wolves

After a 4-0 win, Manchester United’s team would normally pick itself for the next game.

But Wolves have given United plenty to think about in 2019, beating us twice at Molineux this year

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has his team selection to ponder as he bids to win away at Wolves third time lucky.

Solskjaer could decide to simply go with the team which beat Chelsea, but that performance was not without it’s deficiencies, with the midfield struggling to retain possession.

Here are three options for United to change it up…


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Swap Pereira for Matic

United could choose to adapt a more cautious approach and bring in Nemanja Matic, a more specialised defensive midfielder.

This would see him form a midfield trio along with Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba.

There would be added responsibility on Pogba to get forward.

Leaving Pereira out would be harsh after his assist, and the possible downside is that going defensive could end up playing into Wolves’ hands.

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Change formation

One option is for United to shift and play three at the back. This could take on two possible forms.

Axel Tuanzebe could join Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelöf in a three man defence.

Alternatively, Aaron Wan-Bissaka could shift to become part of a back three, with Diogo Dalot playing at right wing-back.

United have not really tested this much at all in pre-season, so it could be a gamble to switch to it in a big away game.

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Bring in Dan James

The Welsh whizkid enjoyed a dream debut and certainly has a case to start in this match.

He would most likely replace Jesse Lingard, and would offer a totally different option.

United would be without Lingard’s pressing, but James worked hard defensively off the ball in pre-season and would not let the team down.

This would be one way to keep Wolves on the backfoot, as their full-backs may be too worried to get forward for fear of getting caught out by James’ pace on the counter.

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