What to expect from Manchester United vs Wolfsburg?

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There is no time for Manchester United to put their feet up and rejoice by becoming the Premier League leaders as Wolfsburg are coming to Old Trafford to continue their winning start to the Champions League.

The two clubs met twice during the Champions League group stage in 2009/2010 season. United won both matches, the second match in the Volkswagen Arena was best remembered for Michael Owen’s only hat-trick for Manchester United.

United will be buoyant after three wins in a row in all competitions. They put the disappointing defeat at PSV behind them after impressing against Southampton, Ipswich Town and Sunderland, scoring nine goals and conceding two.


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Wolfsburg can't say the same about their recent results. After defeating CSKA Moscow on matchday one, they managed a 2-0 win against Hertha Berlin before they got a 5-1 thumping by Bayern Munich and a 1-1 draw with Hannover 96.

After missing one season of European competition, United will want to progress to the last 16. Their defeat against PSV will be a lesson learned. During that game, Luke Shaw was badly injured and it destroyed the rhythm of their game.

Luke Shaw's horrific injury has not upset the team's focus or balance. Louis van Gaal rejigged his team and so far have been using Ashley Young, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian in the left-back position. 

Manchester United are expected to field the same starting 11 which faced Sunderland. Anthony Martial will spearhead the attack with Wayne Rooney while Juan Mata and Memphis will be on the wings.

Louis van Gaal could rotate his central midfielders and restore Ander Herrera and Bastian Schweinsteiger with a doubt over Michael Carrick's fitness.

Dieter Hecking’s Wolfsburg are now fourth in the Bundesliga. They will rely on their top scorer Bas Dost to test David de Gea. The Dutch forward has scored five goals this season. He is 196cm in height so he could prove tricky for Daley Blind and Chris Smalling to handle.

Another player to watch is Julian Draxler. The newly-signed midfielder has not taken long to impress his new fans, scoring the winning goal against CSKA Moscow two weeks ago.

A more familiar player from Wolfsburg is Nicklas Bendtner. The former Arsenal player was a free transfer from Arsenal last year. So far this season he has found the net once against FC Cologne in August.

This should be an entertaining match as Wolfsburg play a similar style to Manchester United. They are a possession-based football team that will use the width and attack from the wings.

Wolfsburg won't be a pushover, last season they finished second in Bundesliga and won the German Cup, although they did have Kevin de Bruyne pulling all the strings for them.

Manchester United will have a slight advantage because they are playing at Old Trafford and their attack look a lot more threatening so we should expect some goals!

Prediction: Manchester United 3-1

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