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Manchester United vs Wolverhamton Wanderers

Old Trafford | Tuesday | 26 October 2010 | 20:00


The Carling Cup fourth round takes centre stage at Old Trafford in midweek.

United put a dramatic week behind them, finally extending Rooney's contract and then coming out of an awkward looking Premier League game at Stoke with a 2-1 win which saw them rise to third in league table, 5 points behind leaders Chelsea. They have a big league game at home to Spurs coming up at the weekend and changes to the starting line up are very likely. Rooney is still injured but Ferguson still fielded a pretty strong team in their previous round where United won 5-2 at Scunthorpe.

Meanwhile Wolves have struggled after a bright start to the league season when they won their opening fixture and went on to take a point at Everton. In the Premier League, 5 defeats and 1 draw in their last 6 games have seen them drop to joint bottom of the log with West Ham. Wolves have rather stumbled their way through to the fourth round of this seasons Carling Cup. They needed extra time to win home ties against lower league opposition, in the form of Southend (2-1) and Notts County (4-2). A 2-0 defeat at Chelsea at the weekend was the start of a sequence of tough matches which also include games against Manchester City, United (this time in the league) and Arsenal. Premier League survival is the priority and if I remember correctly, Mick McCarthy even rested most of his first team regulars for a league game with United last season, saving them for a vital league game the following weekend. That was controversial and whether the Wolves boss rings the changes for this Carling Cup tie remains to be seen, I think he probably will.

In the head to heads, United knocked Wolves out of this competition last season, winning 1-0 at Old Trafford despite being reduced to 10 men after half an hour. United also did the league double over Wolves last season winning 3-0 at Old Trafford and 1-0 away from home.

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