Having crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage for only the third time, Manchester United are a wounded animal heading into their weekend clash with Wolves.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s team wouldn’t dare let the boss down in a similar manner in domestic competition, and so the short odds of 2/9 on a Man United victory are understandable.
Shaky defence and misfiring frontline aside, United’s sheer winning mentality should be enough to see them improve on a spate of 1-0 Premier League wins here.
Mick McCarthy’s travellers looked spirited in coming from behind to defeat Sunderland last week, but face a monstrous task in trying to get anything from an expectant Old Trafford, and their odds of 12/1 to win reflect this.
The draw is priced at 5/1.
Fergie’s men are 1/2 to win both halves of the match and I would have to encourage taking advantage of those odds, as the Red Devils will be reluctant to leave anything to chance after such immense midweek disappointment, and will aim to sweep everything before them.
With that in mind, the 11/4 on offer for Manchester United to be leading after 15 minutes could represent great value too, along with the 7/10 for the first goal of the match to come prior to the 27th minute.
The 11/10 for four or more goals to be scored in the goal could also be worth a look, bearing in mind that this accounts for both sides, and Man U’s shaky defence of late could be susceptible to a Wolves attack featuring Steven Fletcher, even whilst completing a comprehensive victory.
Alternatively, braver punters may choose to back Manchester United to hit the net four or more times, at odds of 2/1.
Wayne Rooney has nine Premier League goals this season, and, buoyed by the shortening of his international suspension, looks good at 5/2 to score first.