Paul Merson makes very bold prediction for Manchester United vs Wolves
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Paul Merson makes very bold prediction for Manchester United vs Wolves

Wolves go to Old Trafford on Saturday to take on Manchester United, and can play with freedom after their Premier League status for next season was assured on Monday.

Wolves will be playing Premier League football once again in 2023/24, after beating Aston Villa and seeing Leicester City lose to Fulham earlier this week.

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Many fans did not anticipate Wolves to be safe with three games to spare.

Wanderers were in a real mess when Julen Lopetegui took over.

So it just shows the brilliant job he has done to have secured safety by early May.

There is now a chance for the manager to potentially experiment.

While he will obviously want to oversee a strong finish to the season, it is a good time to perhaps take a look at some players who have been on the fringes recently.

Players like Raul Jimenez and Rayan Ait-Nouri may get chances, having not been making matchday squads lately.

The likes of Adama Traore, Hwang Hee-chan and Nathan Collins may all get opportunities to impress.

United, who currently sit fourth, have just been faltering recently, and now have Liverpool breathing down their neck.

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The Red Devils have suffered back-to-back defeats in the league, so Wolves may fancy themselves.

In the eyes of Paul Merson though, United will have no issues on Saturday. He is rather boldly predicting a 3-0 win for the home side.

He said (via Sportskeeda): “I expect Manchester United to win this. I think Manchester United were poor against West Ham United. They’ve finally got an entire week without a game after a long time. This is a must-win game for them. If they lose this, the pressure is back on them. They have to win three games before the end of the season to book a berth in the Champions League.

“The fixtures have been relentless for the Red Devils. This one is different and I expect them to outperform Wolves.”

Wolves can heap more misery on Manchester United, as Paul Merson makes very bold prediction

This is quite a bold prediction from Merson, considering United’s recent form.

The Red Devils were woeful against Brighton and West Ham United, and David De Gea is looking shaky as anything right now.

Yes, Wolves had that 6-0 thrashing by Brighton. But that was seemingly a blip with the way they responded against Aston Villa. It’s four wins (all to nil) in the last six for Wolves.

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Wanderers tend to raise their game against Big Six clubs. So far under Lopetegui, Wolves have beaten Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

In the reverse fixture against United at Molineux, Wolves were very unlucky to lose. And last season, of course, Wolves beat them 1-0 at Old Trafford thanks to a goal from Joao Moutinho.

So a 3-0 home win would be some going from United against Wolves.