Had that Pedro Neto goal stood in the FA Cup I think we’d still be in the competition.
There hasn’t been much to choose between the sides for a while and it’s small moments like that which make the difference.
Unusually for Wolves, it was a stronger first half and a poor second that cost them in that replay with Juan Mata’s goal following a slip in concentration at the back.
With over a week of rest for Wolves and Utd having played twice in that period it could tip the scales in our favour – but only if the lads can produce a performance.
Victory would make a big statement.
I watched Utd decimate Tranmere in the FA Cup last weekend and then show great resilience at The Etihad in midweek. Two very different challenges but both handled well.
Although they continue to take dogs abuse for being nowhere near the elite, I can see the shoots of recovery.
I think their recruitment has been smarter of late and with some good young players coming through and several other key performers to return from injury, I suspect better times are ahead.
In the here and now though, with Rashford, Pogba and McTominay injured and Matic suspended, they’re stretched in areas of the pitch where there’s been a consistent weakness already.
Big bucks signing Bruno Fernandes could be the answer to their prayers and there’s every chance he’ll feature tomorrow.
Of their 12 home league matches to date they’ve won 6, drawn 4 and lost 2 with Burnley and Palace being the two sides leaving with a maximum.
The home end
Some comments lifted from the pre-match thread on the Red Cafe forum.
Didn’t think Bruno would be starting this one but with Matic suspended we’re at bare bones in midfield so may have to just throw him straight in as Lingard literally offers nothing. Team would be the same as the one that started against City with Pereira in for Matic and Bruno for Lingard. Wolves are very annoying to play against but hopefully the win against them in the cup will give us the confidence to beat them again.
Think this will be 1-1. Matches with Wolves are always tight and can’t see this being any different. Chelsea got Leicester away and Spurs got Man. City so winner of this game could only be 3 points off 4th….even more likely to be a draw then given Chelsea droppin points recently hasn’t really been exposed.
With Matic out, it seems obvious to start Bruno. I hope so anyway. Like others have said, I’m sick of playing Wolves. Such a negative destructive team. But I think we’re building the sort of resilience needed to play teams like this, so hoping for a good result.
On reflection, we might need to go with a back three, but not sure you want to do that against Traore.
Going to this match. Hope we bloody win and that Bruno lad plays so I can get a good look at him. No reason to ease him in. Fecking hate playing Wolves.
Probably the same team that started against Liverpool right?
I still think Jota makes our strongest eleven, but Neto is playing full tilt at present whereas Diogo looked a yard off against Liverpool.
It would be a big call to throw Boly in from the start at Old Trafford, but it would be great to see the big man get on at some point.
Then, of course, there’s Daniel Podence. No reason he shouldn’t make the bench to give us another option in attack should we be chasing the game late on.
With three or four bodies we didn’t have a few weeks ago, the squad suddenly looks rested and robust. We can attack the game with vigour.
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With their injuries and our guys coming back should win this one and be 3 points of Chelsea
Shows how far we have come when their fans hate playing us. They still think they’re are champions. Hope we beat them.
Marnhull in Dorset? I’m down the road in Winterborne Kingston ?
There are a few of us that go up, from Gillingham & Shepton Mallet if you ever fancy it. Maybe hook up for a beer?
How the mighty have fallen!
Who would have thunk, two years ago, that we would be favourites to beat Manure on their own mudheap, and their prawn sandwich “fans” would hate playing us?
With our lads rested, all fit, and new signings ready to make a good impression, I see nothing but three points here.
With Liverfool and City out of the way, and Leicester to come soon, I see us making a serious challenge for fourth spot, at least.
These are the days, my friends, we’ll think they’ll never end.
Manure 1 The Mighty Wanderers 5
They will be be fed up of playing this “negative destructive side ”
Especially after we’ve wiped the foor with them
Yes, what’s that negative, destructive side comment about? Tosser.
It’s going to be close but about time that lady luck decides to be on our side for once.
The lack of signing so far has been disappointing and for those who start to lambast me Nuno himself has said he is frustrated at not getting more in.
So why haven’t we…..is it the money are clubs asking to much well I’m afraid this is the world we live in now everyone knows we have wealthy owners and being a Premier League team every club thinks we are awash with money espeacilly clubs abroad.
But if we want quality players they are always going to cost more than the average ones.
Buying ones for the future is all well and good but you need to take care of the here and know as well.
Looking a the local rag this morning it seems Bennetts of to the Foxes which is a big surprise and IMO a mistake at least keep him till the end of the season in case of injuries. If he does go I for one would like to thank him he’s been fantastic value for money and will never forget that winner away at Bristol City.
One more word on transfers……yeah then I’ll shut up you’ll all be glad…..I’m getting a bit concerned at the lack of scope I mean it’s all well and good havering Mendez to go to BUT to just solely using his clients could mean we are missing out on other players.
We should be looking at all markets and Leagues like at home for instance my worry is we are blinkered by our super agent and don’t seem to be looking at all options.
Anyway the game……..well I’m sick of Man Utd fans winging the trouble with them is they have been spoilt with success and know they are just an average Premier League team and they don’t like it………well tough titty….!
That’s my team too Thomas
Nobody deserves to be dropped from the last game
If Boly starts , then that’s one sub already decided as he won’t do 95 minutes, no , keep options open and I also think Neto is fast becoming one of our biggest threats
Hit them early, they will want plenty of possession to control the tempo as they have played a couple of games in the last week, so. Don’t give them an inch Podence on late with Traore to stretch them
Whilst the Manure fans are busy protesting and smashing up Ed Woodwards house Wolves will be giving them a lesson on their own turf. Wiping the smile off Harry Maguires big massive head. So big that the recent NASA photo’s of the Aussie bush fires smoke circulating the earth, were obscured by an unidentified mass in the North West of England. Weather man Thomas Schaffernakker remarked ” you can see the smoke then if you look just around here by the Manchester area there is a sort of swirl created where the smoke seems to be going around something. I reckon it might be a huge water cooler or something”. Brian Cox off Wonders of the Universe said ” there is something similar on planet 222777xdxc – to get there will take forty four zillion light years- you just sort of turn left at Neptune then go straight on – obviously avoiding a massive black hole which is similar to Manchester Utd defender Harry Maguires head -obviously an aerial view looking down at his hair” . So whilst Harry is wondering what universe he is on as he is given the run around by Wolves rampaging attack, Daniel Podence comes on and within 3 minutes scores a debut goal. The despondent Ole Gunnar has to bring Harry Maguire off as he is seeing stars. This only causes more disruption in UTD defence and Adama runs though to score. Up in the stand the red faced (after a vat of wine) Sir Alex just falls asleep in Bobby Charltons comb over and the Prawn sandwich brigade exit the stadium. So that’s about it. After the game NUNO said ” that Brian Cox is a clever bloke. I went to that planet once .At least I thought I did. It was either that or I had a very good night out at McGee’s up wolvo” Manure 0 WWFC 2.
Your getting better and better or madder and madder I’m not sure which .
I hope you’ve kept all your your crazy blogs to put in a book for your retirement fund it will be a best seller for sure.
Anyway after that let’s be very very annoying to the manc whingers and soak it up then dish it out just how they don’t like it.
Clean sheet for a change with boly back and with adama, neto and Raul up front we have to score……..if we can get around Maguires big head that is .
Mate that is so hilarious – I’ve practically pissed myself reading your thoughts (having consumed almost a vat of red myself).
Would be nice to get the first goal and see what their response is like, particularly with the crowd on top of them.
The concern is that this new signing gives everyone a lift and he does something on the pitch to get them going. You can see it happening.
Bizarrely I’d fancy us more if we were adopting last season’s tactics of getting men behind the ball and countering against a Utd team who struggle to break teams down, but we get on the front foot now and that opens gaps for other teams to exploit us. Both of Ut’d’s goals against us this season have come on the break.
Draw for me.
I’d agree with you regarding our tactics generally Thomas but I think with this being our only game in a while, we can attack them a bit more
I think an open game tomorrow against this Man U team plays right into our hands
Ogs is more than worried about us if he starts with his new guy imo
I wouldn’t be surprised if our 20 mill Portuguese winger ends up being better than their 60 mill Portuguese playmaker?
Although I’m sure we’re better than Manure it’s still the case that they seem to get the better of us more often then not.
Therefore sorry folks but it looks like a narrow defeat to me.
The comments from the Man U fans underline the sense that Wolves are currently in a good place. That, even if (as Tim Spiers believes) we don’t make any further first team signings today.
I’m hoping that the team will be refreshed and raring to go tomorrow. There’s no real pressure on starting either Jota or Boly. Also, it will be good to see what Podence can do off the bench. After Wednesday’s Under 23 showing, though it might be a little premature, I wouldn’t mind seeing Dadashov amongst the subs.
Let the good karma flow.
This match is key to our season, a win here and we are in with a big shout for top four.
Can’t believe i’v just wrote that, how lucky we are to have a great and young side.
Just pinch yerself Witley.
We’ve got to fancy this one. We do seem to get under their skin and they are not in the best of places just now. Yes, they got some confidence boosting results in the cup games recently but they are without several influential players, we’ve had a nice long rest and we’ve finally got a half decent looking bench with which to test their tired legs late on.
Forget score prediction…!
I’m curious. Does anyone think that Doherty looks a little weaker defensively when Bennett was not playing?
Or is it more because he is playing with an injury?
The FA has announced that it is planning on increasing the mandatory British content per team. Is it wise to get rid of a player who is English and works for relative peanuts?
And finally, was this the team’s idea or Bennett’s?
I have said several times now that for a few weeks our main defensive weakness has been the area between Doc and Donk. It’s not surprising as the chief strategy of sides facing a back three is to focus on the space behind the wing-back. Yes Bennett’s experience and positional play reduced that exposure and Yes Doc has not been fully fit.
BUT, Donk brings many other strengths to that position. He is the future in that position. Despite having played there before Donk is still learning the fine arts of the role and he is definitely improving.
Doc needs a rest but he is vital to us and even Jonny doesn’t look so effective on his natural right side – bizarre.
So, here we are.
I’m not in any way comparing the quality of the two players but when you look at the two main players Wolves and Man United signed over the January break, you really have to question if we are trying to compete with the other top teams.
I know the amount paid doesn’t always reflect the quality but it just seems we are always looking for the deal instead of the best player.
On the positive side, Wolves approach seems more sustainable.
Tim I agree totally the last two windows we have hummed and hard last summer or last January we bulked at the £12 million for a striker from Alderlect or some where like that.
By all means we need to be bargaining but some times the price is the price…!
The difference is, we will improve the players
United seem able only to reduce a player’s ability!
You must take into account their huge commercial income Tim. FFP limits what teams can spend on players and without matching their commercial and matchday revenue, Wolves can’t really match them in the market either, irrespective of Fosuns riches.
I’m sure our revenue from these sources will increase too, as Fosun’s expansion plans in Asia come to fruition.
How about Podence nutmegging (with his whole body, not just the ball) a galumphing and statuesque Harry Maguire to score the winner after having come off the bench.
He’s small, but perfectly formed.
Very sorry to hear about Bennett leaving… and going to Leicester?! That could come back to bite us on the bum.
I reckon we could get a win at Old Trafford though. I know United are on the up, but so are we.
A lot depends on our defence, and how they cope with set pieces. Allowing Jordan Henderson to score with a header the other day was bordering on the criminal.
He’s almost as small as Podence. Well, not really, but he’s no Maguire.
You might think I’m being heightist – or should it be shortist. But being 6ft 4ins myself, I notice these things.
He’s smaller than Jeff Shi!
But having said that, he’s half an inch taller than Diego – Hand of God – Maradona.
And if he turns out to be anywhere near the footballer that he was, that’ll do for me.
So the prawn sandwich brigade think we are destructive and negative do they? How the hell we can be called negative god alone knows but hopefully the lads will show the arrogant bastards just how destructive they can be.
Wolves to win without a problem
Like most of us, I know at least half a dozen Man Utd fans and none of them has anything but good things to say about Nuno’s team. The three I know best want half our team and the manager. They also admit to loving watch us play.
The bloke who wrote this used to be a clown before he deteriorated.
Sorry Thomas but that has to be the worst ‘View from the home end’ that I have ever read. But it does confirm the editorial quality of this blog.
We can go into this game with a reasonable expectation of a win. Not something you’d have dreamt of saying a couple of years ago. And when I say dreamt I mean it literally.
Regarding Wolves transfer activity I am happy with it. I have a feeling feeling Podence and the lad from Ecuador will turn out well.
I also support the policy of investing in the future. Some will work out,others won’t, but I expect all to increase their value.
Matt Dickinson, chief sports writer with The Times, has an article high lighting Wolves close connection with Mendes. Hints of his having too much say, with an associate, Cardoso, practically living at the Club. His point seems to be Wolves could be in the mire, if Mendes walks away. For me no problem, he’s been good for Wolves, not least bringing Nuno to the Mol.
And oh yes Wolves win tomorrow.
The conditions for success are in place
Just need to Start with the pace and aggression we showed vs Reds in second half
First goal PLEASE!!
OT emptying during last 15 minutes
This will be fun
All the pundits have us down to win…even Lawro and Savage ffs !
I am slightly disappointed on the transfer front . Plenty of new faces for the under 23’s …but 1 senior squad addition…and two departures in Bennett and Cutrone…I thought Nuno wanted to strengthen the squad not make it weaker ? Where is the back up striker for Jimmy ?
Rant over . Onto the game . I hope and pray we give those cocky Manc’s a good pasting.
Agree Dodge………to many under 23’s and not enough first team signings . Was same last year and in the summer only Catrone and Neto signed in summer the rest were loans………remember Jesus what a saviour he did’nt turn out to be.
Bennett going does not make sense either.
Looks as though I will be the first this week to predict a home win. I really think it will be a 1-1 draw but my cautious side says no. This way if we win I’m happy, if it’s a draw I’m quite happy and if it’s a defeat I am not happy, but move up the prediction league table…so, WIN-WIN-WIN !
To answer Tim’s worries about Bennett going and leaving us short, we have just made our 15th Signing since the Summer.
He’s a 16 year old lad (full back)who the whole of the UK were trying to grab from Rochdale.
Wolves have just paid £1m plus for him, he’s going straight back to Rochdale until the end of the season.
We are buying sensibly, playing amongst the huge clubs and we are fighting for the 4th spot, despite what Nuno claims.
The 4th spot takes us to the real money pit, The Champions league.
Tomorrow, we’re there, shouting them on, ready to take the piss out of the manure fans as they walk out on 68 minutes.
After Burnley, no one will realise what’s going on, as soon as Podence scores the place will empty anyway….
Man U 0
Wolves 2 – jimmy and Podence
Happy Independence day.
We are fighting for 4th because the other teams are doing worse this year than last.
We have no more points now than after the same amount of games last season.
Last year I predicted a 5th place finish because I thought the other teams would struggle.
Seems I was a year off.
By the way, Nuno was more than a little concerned a few weeks ago and now, with our addition of one senior player, all is good. Wow, he is really finicky if one player makes that big of a difference between despair and contentment.
Oh, and if City win the cup, does that mean 7th gets Europe again?
As a subscriber to this blog I resent political statements being made on it. I’m a remainer but, partly as a result of all sorts of jiggery pokery on social media,notably by Putin, we lost the argument. So we have to get on with it but don’t need your sort of crowing on our precious politics free zone.
It’s OK. He will be complaining about the changes to the UK that the Conservatives force through and say it is part of Brexit.
He’ll complain about the trade deal the Americans force the UK to accept because they just told over 300 million Europeans to f off.
Someone his age should know better.
You mistake politics for Patriotism, after 3 years of snowflakes pissing in the soup like the elitist spoilt children they were, we got what people voted for. If that upsets you or anyone else I couldn’t care less.
You will be telling me which way to call my predictions soon.
Get a life.
Nicely considered argument Stu. Clearly you are open to hearing the opinion of others. So like Brexit supporters. And by the way Hitler was the ultimate patriot. Remind me, how did that end?
If as you say, you come on the blog regularly then you know I’m an advocate of considering others opinions, What a pathetic response bringing Hitler into the argument.
End of debate.
that seems to be a very political statement, full of ridiculous claims about jiggery pokery. You’re not on twitter here mate.
Well I’m not the one who introduced politics to this blog. Which is my point. If you want to celebrate something other than Wolves do it on some other site, devoted to Brexit supporters, for example.There is no place for spouting political beliefs whilst shouting it’s OK I’m a patriot, which implies anybody who disagrees lacks patriotism.
So possibly a record number of dislikes. Sometimes you just have to believe. You don’t shout you believe
Well Scotland want to become independent and remain in the EU. There is now more likely be a united Ireland. So you might as well tear that union jack up Stu and replace it with the English and Welsh flags. I wasn’t gonna say anything but there you go.
Cheesy, I’m so glad you didn’t say anything. 🙂
I’m Scottish, believe me people in Scotland do not want independence, only the elitist few who are going to lose out because of our decision.
Again, not political but patriotic. 🙂
Ok Stu. Draw a line and move on. To a Wolves victory at The Library tomorrow.!
No need to draw a line mate, you are one of the most inoffensive people on this blog and I enjoy your contributions so much, funny as funk.
All is good.
That argument does not hold for me.The lad from Rochdale is for the under 23’s not the first team plus he gone back there for the rest of the season nearly all the 15 signed since the summer are for the under 23’s plus Jesus’s has gone Bennett and Catronie which has left us with a smaller squad thanin the summer.
I dout Will see see any of those in the first team any time soon.
I, for one, am actually quite pleased with our January transfer activity. I honestly expected nought, because that’s typically what happens in January: lots of hype and hot air, then nothing. It’s a tough transfer window. So I’m actually pleased with the players we’ve signed and hopefully summer will put the rest of the puzzle together. Having said this, I just don’t get the Ryan Bennett thing at all. If we are trying to build a squad, surely he’d be a mainstay for that. My guess is that this is his choice.
On to the match, Wolves have a huge opportunity here with United’s current injuries and disarray. If we play with purpose and hunger like we did vs. Liverpool and City, we should win this.
Come on Wanderers. Time to move up!
Win this and its a massive statement that we are for real about going for the top four…..I cant see us winning it though. In the last couple of seasons the games between Wolves and Manure have been very tight with not a great deal to separate the two. I think with players coming back / new signing s we are stronger than we were when we played them in the cup but think that a draw is the best we can expect.
Sad to see Bennett go, has been a good player for us and I’m disappointed that we are giving a leg up to one of our rivals. Good luck to him, he has done everything and more than I ever thought he would for us.
Negative! Has the guy from their blog ever watched us? Then he starts banging on about watching out for Adama.
Make yer mind up.
One of the most satisfying wins I’ve Seen in a long time was when we beat them last season ( Can’t remember if it was in the club or the league as it was happening so often) same again please.
Unchanged side for me, no need to rush Willy back and Diogo has to earn his place now. Real competition for the forward places. Great to smell the fear in the Man U fans’ comments – we may not win tomorrow but they have seen the pressure we put Liverpool under and someone is going to be on the end of a real hammering before the end of the season. Maybe not tomorrow but it’s coming. Best wishes to Benno- a very good acquisition who never let us down. Always welcome back at the Molineux. However, sentiment has no place in our quest for the Champions League place and Dendonker is an alround better player. Good to see Leander’s accurate diagonal passes to Jonny last Thursday, he is a better player than most give him credit for. Draw most likely, a win if Raul has his shooting boots on.
I want to go for a win but head says a draw most likely …don’t care who scores. Would like to see further striker and a defender appear whilst we are still in the EU but think very unlikely.
Me to but the only striker and defenders arriving will probably be ones for the future….!
Negative team? Typical ego of a manure fan.
Doubt they dare play Luke Shaw
Nuno says Boly + Jota are fit to start, for me Boly goes straight into the side.
If jota is on form then he walks into the team ahead of Neto but he’s been out and Neto has played very well recently so he should keep his place.
Like everyone else I’m excited to see what Podence can do from the bench but will we see him? Jota will probably be the one coming on at some point and he may give our new man a few weeks to settle in, train with the team and get used to the system before he throws him in.
Really confident for this one I can see Jimmy and Traore having a field day.
0-2 Jimmy to grab both!
Wolves to win.
Happy Brexit Day.
Tut tut……Bedford, stand up the corner and write 100 lines “I must not be political”
Bollocks to Brexit. Your billionaire pay masters in the Right wing press will be laughing their tax avoiding heads off. They can get away with it forever under the Tories. Leaves plebs like you and me to pay for schools and hospitals. Great.
Who you calling a pleb? Bollocks to the EU.
White. Middle aged.Gammon. that is what you are.
I’ll take middle aged – thanks – not sure I’ll make it to 126 mind you. Can’t be gammon as am vegetarian though I am quite partial to a hot pineapple ring. Mmmmmm!
We all have our different political views but are united in our passion for the Wolves. Let’s leave it at that and look forward to the morrow when we stuff Utd and look forward to realist ally claiming fourth spot.
As the team – United we stand, divided we fall!
Looking for a win here. We have nothing to fear with the current Man U squad.
A win here really puts the cat amongst the proverbials with a chance to close the gap on 4th to 4 points should the other results go as predicted, come on then lads let’s send a real message to that so called top 4!!!
Disappointing window, AGAIN, we need cover for Jimenez and a central defender and we sign a right-winger reminiscent of Johny Hancocks but few will remember seeing him Podence does look useful though. With all these U/23 signings they may be able to avoid relegation.
The big question is will we give away another stupid early goal and have to chase the game again. If we do we may get a draw if we come out fighting this would be the dream of an opportunity to give someone a real spanking.
Let’s live the dream Wolves win 3 – 0
Understand where you’re coming from here and I was not holding my breath on big name signings this window. However, with Diogo back to fitness, we have reliable cover for Raul, Podence is cover for Neto and Adama. Jordao is said to be ready and with Willy also fit, we have ample cover at the back. Vinaigre and Morgan also near full fitness. Top players will not want to sit on the bench and so I think we are ok at the moment. Nuno’s ability to improve players gives encouragement that the new lads will be pressing for first team inclusion next season. Glass half full for me.
sorry to see Bennett go to Leicester, but he wasn’t getting games for us, so good luck to him for the future.
tomorrow I’m looking for a comprehensive win for us.
They’re there for the taking
I will pay tribute to Ryan Bennett. Integral part of that Championship team. Bringing back the feel good factor as Wolves re established in the Prem. Ryan , like Barry Douglas. Helder Costa. Ivan Cavaleiro will always be held in high esteem at the Mol. Always welcome.
Time to make a statement.
Respect everybody’s political views this is better than question time.
Wolves to win.
The biggest question is Dorset…..”why here?”
Perhaps people feel comfortable to off load on here Wolfie hope you are ok mate.
Yeah, I’m well thanks Dorset. Hopefully this applies to yerself too and wellness pervades your being.
Come on you Wolves, there’s not a better time to beat the Reds on their home turf than now.
We need to beat them and Press on for a top four position.
No time like the present..
Boly must start as we have conceeding first in each of the last 8 games means a change is required. However, this trend must stop at some stage and why not tomorrow!
Worried about their big guys from set pieces. Hoping we rip into them without leaving the back door open. We start the day level with them, and suspect we will end the same way.
My 1-1 prediction last week against Liverpool missed out by 10 mins or so. I think I stand a better chance at this one. Would be nice to see a Boly appearance somewhere to re-assure us he’s OK. Diogo too will likely appear around the 60-65 min. A draw will appease both sets of fans methinks.
Manchester United spend close to £60 million to get a player that they think will solve a problem they have in the midfield.
Wolves spend £17 million to give Nuno options.
Manchester United feel this will give them a chance to fight for 4th place.
Nuno says talking of 4th place makes no sense.
Both have the same number of points at this point in time.
Maybe if Nuno actually looked at the table, he would realize that Wolves are treading water.
Here we go again. Blaming Nuno for the failed negotiations with several other players including I presume imposing a spending cap.
Despite the fact that he has stated many times throughout the transfer window and before that he wanted additions.
Now, because he publicly accepts the limited number of additions he is apparently easily pleased. You seem to think he should publicly slag-off his employers Mourinho style for their failure to support expenditure on the team.
Is that wise? More to the point, is that fair?
United are a basket case when it comes to signing players
They get linked to everyone, the more expensive the better!
This is a scatterbrained approach similar to how they used to operate when Liverpool were last winning everything
They don’t seem to have a clear plan!
We do though, it’s a clear way of playing, , slowly building.
There is also no advantage in banging the drum regarding our aims, staying humble is fine by me too
I may have my wolves goggles on but I think Campana is going to play a much bigger part in the first team than most think
Odds are we win tonight and the utd fans all want Nuno N o w
I said previously that the time to comment on the transfer window was when it closed. Overall, a curious one with Bennett and Cutrone exiting but a player with some pedigree joining for a sizeable transfer fee. To use Tim’s phrase I do get an overall feeling of us treading water. This could be deliberate with ffp and a desire to keep our powder dry for key acquisitions in the summer in what has been overall a very quiet January window for a lot of clubs. Whether we have answered Nuno ‘ s call of a few weeks ago of ” it is obvious we need players, the boys need help” or words to that effect, I don’t think we have. Clearly summer window as ever will be key. Something gives me a feeling we may see some significant moves and they may not all be incoming. Nuno can play down CL all he wants and for obvious reasons but there are a number of his team who want to be there as he himself does and as the saying goes ” time and tide waits for no man”
When I was getting messages on my phone saying that people responded to my comment, I thought I was going to get reamed a lot worse than this.
Think of this:
Arsenal are relatively weak and have a rookie coach.
Man U are relatively weak and have a coach who people are saying is in over his head.
Spurs are underperforming for whatever reason.
Chelsea are a question mark this season.
This is a one in 10 or 20 year opportunity to elbow our way to the head table. To crash the Champions League party.
Jeff Shi said there would be money for this window . Was is he exaggerating or is it Nuno who is not wanting the players.
I know Wolves are always looking for value in the players they acquire but if they make it into the Champions League, isn’t that a big financial windfall? Would paying a little more for a player or two be so bad if that gave us a good chance of making the Champions League?
Time for Joe and Rosie to earn there money and ask the tough questions.
Oh dear. I forgot.
I wonder if Ed Woodward is regretting selecting Jez Moxey as a mentor.
No truth in the rumours coming out of Compton that because of the heavy fixture list and small squad Wolves players are under orders to only play in the second-half.
Luke Matheson from Rochdale brilliant signing. Very talented and very grounded.
I remember years ago watching the reserve team play at the Mol. Players like Fred Davies and Paddy Buckley, wondering what’s the point they may as well move on. These days on wages of 20k a week it’s a luxury few teams can sensibly afford.
If you’re mid twenties and above, regularly on the bench without appearing or maybe sometimes not even on the bench it’s time to move on. You’re blocking a space, that’s why we need a good U23 side with players ready to step in and do a job in the first team.
Today bench could be Jota, Podence, Gibbs-White, Jordao, Boly Kilman, Ruddy. Not too shabby.
Should be a good game today.
It’s got to be all 3 points today. Podence will possibly get a run out and hopefully get off the mark.
Let’s just hope we can shake off this gifting the 1st goal and leaving us to fight back; my nerves are suffering.
I see the media are doing the usual – almost a complete focus on MU and their by now rather tedious doings. So they’ve got problems – who cares!!
Now seems as good a time as any to put things back in perspective with a decent win – although if that happens there will almost certainly be a whole series of excuses and nothing said about our quality – except from the small group of journos who are starting to see things as they really are.
So, in expectation as well as hope I’m going for a clear win for the Molineux Magicians. Onward and upward!!
I actually dont think Man Utd are as bad as people make out. They are still in Europe, the FA Cup and chasing 4th. I’d love to win at Old Trafford but would take a point. Should be a good game. Come on Wolves!
we will win this
but just in case ..same prediction
Iv’e heard a whisper, Boly & Jota to start, Donk & Neto on the bench. Both the guys on the bench can still have a great impact on the game. Nuno seems to know what he’s doing, (equal 5th in the league)
After all, the players always state “we’re a team”
What a bloody team we are….
Banged on enough about the window on Twitter, so won’t repeat myself too much. Just that Podence is an exciting addition – great wide options – but not paying the £5.5m buyout clause for Oliveira is baffling. A no 9 that leads the line and links the play has been crucial to Wolves’ style of play since Day 1 of Nuno’s reign. Why take the risk of not getting back up for Raul?
Anyway, would be lovely to see us take an early lead at OT and then control the game from there. Safe to say the home lot will turn if we sneak ahead and take charge of proceedings.
As impressive as Neto has developed, Jota should start. He scares the shite out of MU. However if the pitch is shite-free after 60 minutes, bring on Neto. Podence could be given a cameo at 80 minutes, but who comes off?
I’m surprised by the departure of Bennett, and to a ‘bigger’ team at that (!) but Nuno knows best. If we get five mil for Bennett in the summer that could be good business. Didn’t we sign him on a free? The good news is that Boly is back and should start at MU. Will be interesting to see if Bennett gets a spot against Chelsea today.
I’m underwhelmed by our transfer business but I believe we’ve signed an absolute gem in Podence, for rubbish money. Campana looks a great prospect, and is probably ready for the first team squad, which may be why we didn’t sign a deputy for Jimenez. We’ve also brought in some good youngsters, but I expected defensive reinforcements after the departure of Bennett.
I think Nuno will now have potential game-changers on the bench, in Podence, Campana and Neto, whereas the bench has looked pretty tame recently. I can’t see MGW getting much of a look in now.
I’m of the opinion that MU have turned the corner and are better than present league position suggests. Despite this I’m risking a few quid on a couple of bets today at good odds. Wolves to win and also to win with BTTS. But, it will be hard fought. We must not gift them a goal start. We must be more clinical. Fingers crossed for a tight 2-1.
Much has been said about this, and previous, transfer windows, with some discontent about buying ‘one’s for the future’ at the expense of the first team.
However, having watched the under 23s midweek draw with Liverpool I would suggest the future is fast becoming the present. To my mind, Kilman, Sanderson, Jordao, Buur, Sonderburg, Perry, to name just a few could step in now to cover in times of need. That’s without the likes of Ennis, Giles, Ronan et al who are already playing first team footie on loan. The future gets closer by the day.
As for Daniel Podence, he looks triff and will give some lumbering defenders kittens in the coming weeks. Campana too will see quite a bit of PL time I would think and will prove to be a worthy replacement for Raul when he needs a break.
Manure should win this game, simply because they’re manure. However, our team love to upset the applecart and they will find themselves swamped by Golden Delicious as first we, then their own fans, show them just how far the mighty have fallen. Poor Ole. Like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Hero to zero in nought seconds flat. There’s only one special one and Nuno is he.
I like the ‘Golden Delicious’ bit, Steve.
Sad to see Bennett go. Also, Sanderson going on loan to Cardiff was a bit of a surprise. It will, I dare say, be a testing experience for him.
When are you next up in Wolves?
Hi Dougie. Yeah, I, like you, was amazed at Bennett leaving. Must have had a fallout with the good doctor. Also I didn’t know Sanderson had gone to Cardiff, but I feel the boy has a big future and will do well there.
Struggling to get tickets Dougie, but I’ve managed to get one for Leicester in a couple of weeks so it would be great to catch up then, if you’re around. Hopeful for Espanyol too.
Cheers Steve, Yes, it would be good to catch up pre/post Leicester match. The routine seems to be APV prematch and APV or Clarendon post match, but flexible on other venues.
As regards Espanyol, I’ve just had a phone call from Wolves asking if I want a ticket. I was originally informed that my seat might be taken as part of UEFA’s allocation, so I had already made other arrangements for the game.
Sad to see Bennett go and wish him all the best. Like others have said I’m underwhelmed at the incomings for the 1st team (more out than in makes no sense to me), but Campana I do like the look of, seems v level headed and mature. Podence great buy & this young Rochdale youngster will come on great guns in the summer I feel. But I’m not involved in training so I’ll trust Nuno.
Manure fans showing their mentality these days by throwing toys out the pram just because they’re not 1st!
Our lads have had a good break so 3 points I feel.
Yes, absolutely. Rated Ryan. Always gave it everything and typically a safe pair of boots.
Even though the table says different i think we are a better team than United but i have a horrible feeling they are going to shit house a victory
Totally flummoxed as to what the result will be. Depends which Wolves or Utd team turn up.
As pointed out by Stu we have signed 15 player s since the summer. nearly all of those for the Under 23’s our big summer signing our only cash summer signing has left Catronie and the other one Who was on loan Jesus’s has left.
Which means the first team squad in smaller NOW than in july with Bennett also goning .
The lad from Rochdale has gone back to Rochdale so he cannot be a replacement for Bennett because he still playing for Rochdale and even if he was here would not be condir ed for the first team yet.
The summer is goning to be crucial do we take that next step in upping our signing s or do we carry on as we are it Will be intersting to see if FOSUN are serious about breaking up the top 4 in the Premier League.
The big surprise for me since November has been the emergence of Neto as such an enterprising and impressive attacking presence. I’ve been blown away by his approach and I assume that is why there has been less reinforcement of the front line than many of us assumed would happen. He is already very good and could be massive.
Man Utd 2
Anybody Moaning about out transfer window should checkout every other premier league teams deals ( or lack of) in what has been a very underwhelming January transfer window
Get a grip guys , we look good in comparison
In Nuno we trust
I’m not moaning i’m pointing out the facts and as a paying supporter i’m entitled to an opion on this matter..
If some people carnt deal with the facts its there problem.
Can’t deal with the facts ? Ha , it’s just football mate,
Maybe the fact is that Nuno believes some of the under 23s are ready now
Bar a minor injury to Vinagre, we have a fully fit squad with a couple of weeks off
Nobody found it easy bringing players in , not just wolves but I guess I’m more of a cup half full guy ,
It’s just opinions though like you say so it’s all good
I see Big Willy and Diogo are back in the starting line-up which is great to see, with the addeed bonus that suddenly our bench looks very strong. Looking forward to our run coming to an end and us scoring first for a change, but suspect it may not be enough for the 3 points.
Any point away from home is a good one. Well done the lads.
Point is good. Happy with that. Podence looks good too.