Manchester United team news & predicted XI vs Wolves

Premier League juggernaut Manchester United is once again anticipated to challenge for the top-four and beyond in 2023-24 after the Red Devils finished third under Erik ten Hag last season and can boast improvement overall via the summer transfer market under the Dutch tactician.

The acquisitions of André Onana and Mason Mount went down well upon their official announcement, but much of the talk surrounding United this season will surely come by way of the signing of Danish starlet Rasmus Højlund. Despite scoring just nine Serie A goals for Atalanta last season, the 20-year-old has been billed as one of the brightest young talents in Europe, and immediate pressure will no doubt be placed on his shoulders after the club stumped up a hefty £70m-plus for the København-native.

But the question for Ten Hag and his Red Devils is whether or not they have done enough to close the gap to league rivals Manchester City and Arsenal, as well as Liverpool. Though the club saw no significant outgoings, just the three pieces of business must now be looked at in terms of if it is enough. But as things stand, the club certainly should look at another top-four finish as more than achievable, but perhaps their ceiling for another year.

Predicted XI

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Erik ten Hag has already been greeted with selection headaches as Manchester United prepare to kick off their season against Wolves at Old Trafford. The Red Devils are faced with at least seven players being deemed unfit for service which includes Danish starlet signing Rasmus Højlund after a back issue was discovered during his medical before completing his move from Atalanta.

Joining the new striker in dry dock is Dean Henderson, Tyrell Malacia, Anthony Martial, Amad Diallo, Kobbie Mainoo, and Tom Heaton. Apart from Højlund being out, the rest of the XI virtually picks itself for matchday one, with Rashford moving to center-forward and Mason Mount likely to make his full debut on the left flank, while André Onana will also make his full debut in goal.

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Andrew Thompson

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