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Potential Man Utd starting XI v Wolves: Martial to retain striker role

Manchester United face a tough test away to Wolves  on Monday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were defeated twice at Molineux last season, but it’s crucial the Reds can find a result here to continue their momentum.

The Reds will be high in confidence after Sunday’s 4-0 victory over Chelsea, but rode their luck at times and must be more compact in midfield to prevent Wolves entering dangerous positions in the final third.

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Possible line-up v Chelsea (4-2-3-1) :

David De Gea

Looked back to his best against Chelsea; the Spaniard looks far more focused this season now it looks like his future is resolved and he will sign a new long-term deal.

Luke Shaw

The left-back has come under lots of undeserved criticism recently and admittedly  didn’t have his best game going forward against Chelsea. But Shaw was United’s player of the season last season and should get better as he develops an understanding with Maguire in defence.

Harry Maguire 

An accomplished home debut last time out and he will look to thwart Wolves threat Raul Jimenez in attack.

Victor Lindelof

The Swede will continue to build his defensive partnership with new signing Maguire, but will be have to be wary of Jota and Jimenez on the Wolves counter.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Already a firm fan favourite after just one competitive start. Wan-Bissaka should look to be more positive when going forward this time out.

Scott McTominay

Becoming a leader in Solskjaer’s set-up and already seems to be one of the first names on the manager’s team sheet.

Andreas Pereira

Had a mixed game against Chelsea with some sloppy moments in possession made up for with the excellent cross for Martial to double United’s lead. Solskjaer needs to find a midfield three he trusts so Pereira should be given more starts to prove his consistency.

Paul Pogba

The Frenchman could be crucial in breaking down Wolves’ deep-lying defence. He showed his athletic brilliance in driving runs to assist two goals against Chelsea and will be confident he can contribute more in this one.

Jesse Lingard

Lingard must improve in the final third, but remains a key part of Solskajer’s pressing style. Daniel James and Mason Greenwood are both exciting options with raw pace to threaten Wolves’ tiring defence in the closing stages.

Marcus Rashford

The pressure is on Rashford to deliver the goals this season and what a start he made on Sunday. Solskjaer says he played the inside forward role ‘to perfection’ against Chelsea so expect him to operate in a similar role on Monday night.

Anthony Martial

Martial finally got his chance to play in his favourite central forward role on Sunday and deserves to retain the position against Wolves. His goal, a striker’s finish, will only give him more confidence as he looks to make the role his own.

So, we think Solskjaer will select the same side that thrashed Chelsea at Old Trafford; after all, if something’s not broken, why try and fix it?

It promises to be a tough encounter against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side but we hope the same team can get a result at Molineux.

Wolves v Manchester United (Monday 8pm kick-off)

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