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Midfield crisis for Wolves clash for Ferguson after Turkish delight

| 03.11.2010

Manchester United’s victory over Bursaspor in the Champions League could come at a cost to their top flight campaign as they are to be short of options in midfield for their home game against Wolves.

With Antonia Valencia already a long-term injury victim, Sir Alex Ferguson watched fellow winger Nani suffer a groin injury in Turkey, while Darren Fletcher also had to be substituted with an ankle problem.

The pair are now set to be absent against Wolves, while Anderson is another doubt after suffering with a virus and Darron Gibson could be ruled out because of a bout of flu.

As for Owen Hargreaves, it is unclear the current extent of his injury troubles.

This is likely to mean that Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes will anchor the heart of the midfield, with Ji-Sung Park starting in one of the wide roles.

Gabriel Obertan is a contender to fill the other wide berth after impressing in a rare start against Bursaspor, with Ryan Giggs on track to return soon from a hamstring injury.

The Red Devils cannot afford to drop points against Wolves if they have serious hopes of catching Chelsea at the head of the Premier League standings.

They are already five points behind Carlo Ancelotti’s men, which has resulted in them slipping to 4/1 to win the Premier League this season.

Manchester United are 1/5 to beat Wolves and this is no surprise as they have won the last six meetings between the two at Old Trafford in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Wolves’ two goals in the recent Carling Cup defeat was their first goals at Old Trafford against Manchester United since 1980.

Despite beating Manchester City in their Premier League meeting, Wolves are not fancied to complete the quickfire Manchester double.

Wolves are 12/1 to beat Manchester United, with the three points liable to see them move out of the relegation zone in the table. See the full Manchester United vs Wolves match betting odds market.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.