Premier League: Manchester United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers


Second-placed Manchester United will try to avoid another shock home defeat as the Wolverhampton Wanderers head to Old Trafford tonight (20:00 GMT). This would be Sir Alex Ferguson’s 900th league game as United boss.

Last Saturday, Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the only goal as Aston Villa beat the Red Devils and moved up to third place in the Premier League.

Ferguson’s men don’t lose many games at home and the defeat meant they missed a chance to draw level on points with EPL leaders Chelsea, who drew their weekend match against Everton.

Manchester and Wolverhampton have met once at Old Trafford already this season, with Danny Welbeck’s goal securing a 1-0 win for United in the third round of the League Cup in September.

Wolves’ last victory against the Red Devils away from home came in February 1980, a 1-0 win. They had lost to Arsenal, Chelsea and Birmingham this season – those failures were accepted – but the manner of those defeats was undoubtedly alarming.

UPDATE: Sir Alex Ferguson’s 900th league game as manager of United ended in a 3-0 win but the spotlight was shifted to Mick McCarthy for his unlikely team selection.

Fans launched a blistering attack on the Wolves boss after he rested all his 10 outfield players – despite his side recording a second straight victory just three days ago.

Goals from Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic gave Manchester a 2-0 halftime lead and Antonio Valencia added another in the second half to put the Red Devils on 37 points.