By John Ley
Kick-off: Saturday, February 5; 17.30 GMT
Wolves (Possible, 4-5-1): Hennessey; Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi; Jarvis Henry, Edwards, Jones, Hammill; Doyle.
United (Possible, 4-3-3): Van der Sar; O’Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Fletcher, Giggs; Nani, Berbatov, Rooney.
Referee: Michael Oliver. Matches: 9. R2 Y31.
Tale of the game
United are in command at the zenith of English football and know their recent record against Wolves is impressive with six wins out of six in all competitions.
However, Wolves will point to their recent record at Molineux against United to suggest they should not be overawed.
In their last six visits to Wolves, United have won twice and drawn one while losing three.
Already this season the two teams have met twice, both at Old Trafford, and United won both.
In October, Wolves came from behind twice in the Carling Cup before succumbing to a last minute winner from United’s Javier Hernandez.
Mick McCarthy’s men return in the league in November and again they took United to the wire before a second goal from Ji-Sung Park in the final minute earned Sir Alex Ferguson’s men the points.
United have not lost away from home almost a year ago, on February 20, 2010, at Everton.
Interestingly, United have one point more than they had at this stage last season – when they were one point behind leaders – and eventual winners – Chelsea, who had a game in hand.
Wolves have won 17 of their 21 points at Molineux following their 1-0 defeat by Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.
This season: United 2 Wolves 1.
Last season: United 1 Wolves 0, Wolves 0 United 1.
Stat of the game: United are one win away from setting a new club record run of unbeaten games. On Tuesday they beat Aston Villa 3-1 to extend their unbeaten sequence to 29, equalling their run between December 1998 and September 1999.
Betting tip: Try 2-1 to United at 15-2.