Given how thrilling the last two TV matches between these two were, it beggars belief that we are being subjected to this once again over the weekend.
They were hardly goal-fests and immediately it feels wise to be going big on under 2.5 goals for this fixture, and the dons of Premier League Betting might even be brave enough to lump on under 1.5 goals.
Man United fans will be hoping that their latest ‘throw mud at the wall and hope it sticks’ signing Bruno Fernandes is allowed to go straight into the team against the team of his birth, Wolverhampton Lobos (that’s Wolves in Portuguese, folks).
Incredibly, given the negative press around United and the fanboying around Nuno, these two sides head to Old Trafford on the same amount of points. United do have a superior goal difference by four which sees them perched in 5th. Given that they’ve had Ashley Young in their defence up until now and Phil Jones still gets a run out from time to time, this cannot be called a disaster.
Wolves actually have the more rubbish Premier League form but that’s probably not going to matter a great deal – it is unlikely we are going to see anything more than the tripe we were served in the FA Cup ‘clashes’ where the main battle was for the viewer to not fall into a deep slumber.
Ole will send his men out to play on the front foot and fail, miserably – then they will sit back and wait for Wolves to take possession. They will have a long wait, Wolves don’t like attacking or even starting to play until they are losing.
The only hope for this match is that Bruno Fernandes does play and makes the kind of impact a certain Wayne Rooney did on debut all those years ago. Rooney netted a hat-trick playing in the number ten role that Fernandes has been bought to fix for the Red Devils.
The thing is, he probably won’t start. He might not even get a game but then Solskjaer has shown he is not afraid of throwing people in at the deep end. Fernandes has dominated Portuguese football for a while now, and unless all the good players from Ronaldo’s homeland now all play in the Black Country, there is a good chance he will do well in the English top flight.
Will that start as of this weekend?
Probably not, no.
Of all the Premier League fixtures nailed on to be a 0-0 this time out, this is the one waving its arms saying ‘me, me, me!’
Be brave, go under 1.5 goals. Or be super brave and go 0-0.