Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Paul Merson states his prediction for Man United v Wolves

Paul Merson states his prediction for Man United v Wolves

Mourinho believes any post-Russia hangover is mental rather than physical, with World Cup victor Paul Pogba inspiring United to victory in their Champions League opener at Young Boys. "We have to do and give our best, improve the team, always thinking that the team is first and I like to be always in the starting team, but if sometimes I am going to be on the bench it is OK".

Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic will also miss the game through suspension after they were both sent off in each of United's last two league games.

United, and the manager, had all that criticism earlier in the season but it was hard for them, players late back after the World Cup and issues like that.

"The young ones are young boys with good potential and you can see the work of the coaching staff - and the team is a really, really good team".

That the season follows a World Cup also adds to the challenge, a fact epitomised by Tottenham - the club with the most semi-finalists - losing three successive games since comprehensively winning at Old Trafford.

Manchester United are odds-on to win their fourth game in-a-row but can they get the better of a side that has conceded just once in their last four? Following their trip to Switzerland and with Wolves flying, this fixture could be coming at just the wrong time for Mourinho's men and I'm going to take them on modestly. "Small things, but nothing important, so I would say Marcos Rojo is the one that is still not training with the team and Ander Herrera is not ready to play, but is in the final phase of his recovery process".

"We go there like all the games, we prepare ourselves", said Santo. Because Martial play 90 minutes [against Young Boys] and Sanchez played zero'.

"So, they got this season, the Portuguese national team goalkeeper [Rui Patricio], they got [Joao] Moutinho, who is one of the players of the 100 caps club".

'Football is a little bit like this.

And a lot of the admiration for that has to go to the manager, for getting the mentality right, and to the players for accepting that it can't always be the manager's fault, it's easy to hide behind other people and, with someone as big as Mourinho, players can try to hide behind him, let him take the flak, so it's good that they chose to step up. "I think good results, good performances, they make miracles - and bad results and bad performances, they make you look more exhausted, more upset, more ugly, more everything".

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