Manchester United are not over the line in the race for the top four as Wolverhampton Wanderers prepare to visit Old Trafford.

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Manchester United will be kicking themselves all summer long if they end up missing out on Champions League football.

The Red Devils have not been out of the top four in the Premier League in 2023. At one stage they were even touted as potential title contenders.

That ship has long since sailed but until recently it looked inevitable that United would secure a top-four berth.

Yet after back-to-back defeats by Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United, Erik ten Hag’s team are no longer sitting quite so comfortably.

United still have a one-point lead over Liverpool in fifth. They also have a game in hand on their arch-rivals.

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However, Jurgen Klopp’s men have won six matches on the bounce and are breathing down United’s necks. 

Another slip-up on Saturday would severely damage United’s confidence ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Leicester City on Monday.

There have been signs of late that the Red Devils are running out of steam. They did not score in either of those aforementioned losses. Meanwhile they have won only one of their last six games in all competitions.

One silver lining is that United’s run-in does not look too difficult. After the Wolves game, they will face Bournemouth (away), Chelsea (home) and Fulham (home). None of those four sides have anything meaningful left to play for.

Still, the pressure is on United as the finish line comes into view.

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Manchester United vs Wolves betting tips

Manchester United should get the job done against Wolves, but we should not expect a thrilling encounter.

Manchester United to win to nil – 5/4 (Spreadex)

There is a stark difference between Manchester United’s record at Old Trafford and their record at opposition stadiums.

Only Manchester City and Arsenal have taken more points per home game than Ten Hag’s men in 2022/23. But on the road, United rank just fifth in the division having failed to win 11 of their 18 encounters.

It will be a relief, then, that three of their four remaining matches will be played on familiar territory, starting with Saturday’s meeting with Wolves.

United won the reverse fixture 1-0, as Marcus Rashford came off the bench to notch the winner in the 76th minute.

That result on New Year’s Eve left Wolves in the bottom three, just one point ahead of last-placed Southampton.

The gap between those two sides today is 16 points. Wolves moved onto 40 for the season last weekend, triumphing 1-0 over Aston Villa.

Julen Lopetegui has done a fine job to get the club from the Black Country safe. Had the campaign begun when the Spaniard took the reins at Molineux, Wolves would be ninth right now.

By virtue of having already preserved their top-flight status, the visitors to Old Trafford will be able to play with a degree of freedom.

But they might also be lacking the intensity they would have possessed if they were still involved in the relegation battle.

United beat Villa 1-0 in their last home match and we recommend backing another win to nil here, not least because Wolves have drawn a blank in 41 percent of their away games this term.

Under 2.5 goals – 5/4 (Spreadex)

No team in the Premier League has scored as few goals as Wolves, who have found the net just 30 times in their 35 assignments to date.

Wolves have at least been reasonably solid at the back, with the joint 12th-best defensive record in the top flight.

Matches involving Wolves feature just 2.29 goals on average – only Chelsea’s games are more uneventful.

As for United, their attack has dried up in recent weeks. Rashford has scored just once in his last seven outings and none of his team-mates have sufficiently stepped up to fill the void.

In four of their last six matches in all competitions, Ten Hag’s side have failed to beat the opposition goalkeeper. That is cause for concern as Liverpool continue to put the pressure on.

All of the above suggests Saturday’s showdown at Old Trafford is unlikely to be a goal-laden, end-to-end affair.

United will prioritise keeping things tight, while Wolves are not exactly the Premier League’s most free-flowing outfit going forward.

Draw/Manchester United half-time/full-time – 16/5 (Spreadex)

There could be signs of nerves on the pitch and in the stands on Saturday.

It is a relief for United that Liverpool are not in action until two days after his game. Had the Reds played first this weekend and won, the heat would really be on the Red Devils.

As it is, taking to the field before their rivals gives United the chance to increase their buffer in the battle for Champions League football.

Given their form of late, though, the home team may well be slow out of the blocks. Wolves are a solid side and they could frustrate United, particularly in the opening stages.

Ten Hag’s charges should ultimately have enough to win, but this is unlikely to be plain sailing and it could take United a while to make the breakthrough.

How to watch Manchester United vs Wolves

  • Location: Old Trafford, Manchester, England.
  • Date and time: Saturday 13 May 2023, 3pm.
  • How to watch: Not being shown live in the UK.

About the author

Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football writer from London. He predominantly covers the Premier League and has had work published by the Guardian, FourFourTwo, ESPN and others.

Follow Greg on Twitter @GregLeaFootball

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