This is the fixture in which last season Mick McCarthy famously sent out a reserve team to conserve his key players for more winnable contests. Do not expect the same again.
Wolves may still reside in the Premier League basement, however there are signs of major improvement. A crucial win over title chasing Manchester City followed a very good showing against this weekend’s opponents in the Carling Cup.
United have got their swagger back, however, and will see this as an absolute must win as they look to close the gap ahead of league leaders Chelsea’s big trip to Anfield on Sunday. Still minus Rooney, the Red Devils will get the job done.