AFTER defeat to PSV two weeks ago, Manchester United bid to bounce back here against Wolfsburg. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) gives us his view.
Manchester United v Wolfsburg | Wednesday 19:45
The Premier League is taking a kicking at the moment after more disappointing results on Tuesday night for the clubs in the Champions League and the fact that Man Utd sit on top of the division is hardly something to inspire confidence either.
On paper their domestic record of P7 W5 D1 L1 is impressive but in reality it’s been far from a walk in the park. Victories over Southampton and Tottenham could have gone either way and the home draw against struggling Newcastle was depressing. But we are where we are.
Like we witnessed in those victories, Man Utd are grinding out results this season. Perhaps this wouldn’t have been the case last season under Louis Van Gaal and with David Moyes in 2013/14.
They go into this Champions League game with a defeat to PSV to fight back from. Overall it was a horror night for Manchester United in Eindhoven as they let slip a lead and lost Luke Shaw to a long-term injury. Failure to get something from this match against Wolfsburg would put them in serious trouble.
Wolfsburg are in the group stages of the Champions League for the first time this decade and started their campaign with a 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow. That was a fairly comfortable win two weeks ago but their record in the Bundesliga has been inconsistent.
A 3-0 win over Schalke at the end of August has been the highlight so far but the Wolves were ripped apart by Bayern Munich last week and have slipped up against newly promoted Ingolstadt and struggling Hannover.
Wolfsburg have yet to win away in the Bundesliga this season and when you counter that with the home record of Man Utd it’s concerning for the German side.
Old Trafford has always been a ground of strength for the club since Van Gaal took over. 14 wins out of 19 in the league last season was impressive and they’ve been continuing in that mould with four home wins out of five so far in 2015/16.
I’m going to back Manchester United to win and both teams to score here at a generous 13/5 with William Hill. Wolfsburg have scored in all but one of their games this season while United still look vulnerable at the back with Swansea, Liverpool, PSV and Southampton all pick-pocketing them in recent weeks.
Mannchester United v Wolfsburg – Manchester United to win and both teams to score (13/5 William Hill)
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