Matchday two saw Manchester United travel south to the Molineux where they faced a difficult away fixture against Wolves. United have struggled against the wanderers in recent times, not winning in their last three attempts against Nuno Santo’s men. The Red Devils were again unable to take the three points as they battled to a 1-1 draw in a tightly contested match.

This tactical analysis will look at why Manchester United will feel aggrieved they failed to take all three points in this Premier League showdown.


Premier League 2019/20: Wolves vs Man United - tactical analysis tactics
Daniel James makes his first start for ManUnited. His inclusion provides balance to United’s right-hand side. [credit: Wyscout]
The home side started in their preferred 5-3-2 shape, a system they achieved an xGD of +2.16 in last season. Matt Doherty and Jonny Castro were the selected full-backs. They were used to make a flat five across the back as Wolves looked to spring in transition from a low block. Rúben Neves was partnered by João Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker in midfield. Diogo Jota and Raúl Jiménez continued their partnership up front. Jiménez was involved in seven goals against the top six last season.

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