Soccer tips: Man United vs Wolves - Back Red Devils to prevail but don't expect fireworks

Ralf Rangnick’s side have struggled for goals since his arrival and that's likely to continue against the second-best defence in the Premier League.

Both Manchester United and Wolves are adapting to life under new managers this season, but while Ralf Rangnick is still trying to implement his ideas at Old Trafford, Bruno Lage's side look extremely organised.

Lage has definitely impressed during his first season in charge, however United's superior squad on paper could prove to be the difference.

The Red Devils currently sit sixth, just six points clear of Wolves in eighth, but know a win would leave them just one point adrift from the top four.

Planet Boost - Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Monday, Jan 3

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When: Monday, January 3, 5.30pm GMT

Where: Old Trafford, Manchester

How to watch: Sky Sports

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Best tips for Manchester United vs Wolves

Under 2.5 goals - 17/20

Manchester United to win to nil - 7/4

Manchester United to win 1-0

While Manchester United will be looking to build momentum after their 3-1 win over Burnley on Thursday, Wolves head into the tie having not played since their goalless draw against Chelsea on December 19.

Their lack of games in that time could well benefit them in terms of fitness. However, other teams who faced similar gaps in schedule lacked sharpness on their return. 

Wolves' trip to Old Trafford marks the end of an extremely tough run of fixtures, which has included playing Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and now United all in the space of a month.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Bruno Lage

But they've hardly wilted at the challenge - if anything Wolves will gain confidence from their past performances. They lost to both City and Liverpool, but only by one goal each time, while they managed a goalless draw against Chelsea.

With that said, my headline tip for Monday's clash is under 2.5 goals. It's a bet that has landed in a staggering 15 of their 18 Premier League games so far.

What's more, it also landed in the reverse fixture between these sides, with Manchester United leaving it late to seal a 1-0 win.

It also occurred in three of United's four games under Rangnick, with last week's 3-1 win the only anomaly.

It's priced at an attractive 5/6, which seems quite big considering the stats above.

Last 10 head-to-heads

Man Utd wins: 4

Draws: 4

Wolves wins: 2

Man Utd goals: 8

Wolves goals: 7

A low-scoring record

Bruno Fernandes dejected

Remarkably, the two sides have played each other 10 times in the last three years, having been drawn against each other in the FA Cup in consecutive seasons.

But regardless of whether they meet in cup competitions or in the Premier League, one trend is consistent - a lack of goals.

Since Wolves' promotion, just 15 goals have been scored in their 10 meetings. While that reinforces the under 2.5 goals punt, there's another trend we can pick up on.

Whenever either side finds a winner, it tends to be without an answer. United have won four times in their last 10 meetings, and three of them have been to nil.

That looks to be the way to go here. Wolves fell to defeats against City and Liverpool without scoring, and the same is likely to happen on Monday.

Courtesy of Planet Sport Bet, Manchester United to win to nil has been boosted to 7/4, making it an even more enticing option.

Furthermore, we can specify further on the result for an even bigger price. Two of Rangnick's wins at the helm so far have been 1-0 victories over Crystal Palace and Norwich.

His side always seem to find a goal, and in recent weeks they have also improved defensively under the German.

Three of United's last four victories over Wolves have also been to the same scoreline, including their win earlier this season when Mason Greenwood's goal was enough to secure the points.

It's been the exact result for four of Wolves' last seven games, and if you're backing it to occur again, you can get a huge 21/4 for Manchester United to win 1-0.

Goalscorer bets for Manchester United vs Wolves

Mason Greenwood, Manchester United, Wolves, Premier League

If there's only going to be one goal in the match, who is most likely to get it? Well, it's hard to ignore Cristiano Ronaldo, but at odds of 8/11 it maybe best to look elsewhere.

With that in mind, I'm turning my attention towards Mason Greenwood at 7/4. The 20-year-old has already found the net four times this season despite being rotated with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.

He's looked impressive under Rangnick and scored in the reverse fixture this season. He's often been deployed on the flank rather than up front, but that's where he's scored his goals from this season.

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