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Mick McCarthy braced for United backlash

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Wolves manager Mick McCarthy expects Manchester United to be "rubbing their hands with glee" at the prospect of facing his side at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

With United having suffered a surprise home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa at the weekend, McCarthy is fully braced to be facing a huge backlash from Sir Alex Ferguson's title-chasing side.

Wolves head to Old Trafford on a massive high having climbed out of the relegation zone with a shock 1-0 win over Tottenham, and McCarthy said: "They must be rubbing their hands together to be playing Wolves at home."

He added: "They must be thinking 'Wolves are coming and we have just been beaten by Villa... If ever there is a chance to get yourself back on track it is to slap these insolent little so and sos coming up from the Black Country and we are going to give them the biggest doing they have ever had'. I would be thinking that if I was a Manchester United player.

"I would be rubbing my hands with glee that we were coming up. Go and have a look at the bookmakers and see what they are saying. They are not stupid. There are no skint ones.

"Our lads who are playing will be wanting to win the game. But we will not be going and chasing it and playing free open and expansive football because if we do they will beat us. Let's clear that up.

"We will be cautious and disciplined like we were at Tottenham."

Having beaten Tottenham thanks to Kevin Doyle's early goal, McCarthy wants to see the same kind of approach to tackling United.

"We have a rating of the games and in terms of difficulties, that game against Tottenham was nine to 10 in terms of work-rate and energy levels," he said.

"That has been the real difference in the last two games. There has been no passengers on the pitch in the last two games at all. If we are carrying someone or we are under par we will get beat."

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