Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United Preview: How to Watch, Kick-off Time, Team News, Predicted Line-ups and One's to Watch
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Nuno Espirito Santo the head coach / manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers controls the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on December 29, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

After the news of Nuno Espirito Santo's departure sent veritable shockwaves through the Wolverhampton Wanderers community on Friday, heads were turned towards the impending final fixture against Manchester United.

Santo's four years at the helm have left his name and legacy engrained into the Wolves fanbase in endearing fashion; a figure of hope and jubilation that has brought the club back to the forefront of football.

Wolves have very little to play for competitively, sitting in 12th place behind Midlands rivals Aston Villa and unable to overturn the seven-point deficit between the respective sides. 

However, now that the seismic news of Santo's departure has been ushered out to the masses, the return of fans to bid the esteemed manager a monumental farewell could not be a more fitting tribute. 

United's league season has equally concluded in some respects, the club have confirmed second place and will now have one eye on the Europa League final tie against Villarreal as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer targets his first major honour with the Red Devils as manager.

Team News

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Raul Jimenez will not feature on the final match of the season despite being given medical permission to return to the field. The Mexican forward has been out since November due to a skull fracture suffered against Arsenal.

Pedro Neto, Daniel Podence and Jonny Otto all remain sidelined with respective long-term issues. Aside from this, no new injuries or setbacks were detailed by Santo during his final pre-match press conference.

For Man United, captain Harry Maguire remains out with an ankle injury but the fitness of Scott McTominay, Fred and Daniel James will be assessed before the final league fixture of the season. 

Predicted line-ups

Wolves: Patricio; Dendoncker, Coady, Boly; Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Marcal; Vitinha, Traore; Silva.

Man United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Telles; Matic, Van De Beek; James, Mata, Rashford; Greenwood.

Ones to Watch

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Nuno Espirito Santo

A slightly different take, this. Although Santo will, of course, not be playing, the energy and noise that the returning crowd will bring will reverberate around the Molineux, giving each player a boost as they feed into the passion emanating onto the pitch.

For the man himself, his aura will be electric, orders barked left right and centre, gesturing for the crowd to increase the volume come a dangerous set-piece for the home side.

The final game of his Wolves career will be one to remember, that is for certain.

Fabio Silva

Signing at the meagre age of 18 from Portuguese champions FC Porto, Fabio Silva is a player destined for success. His first year in England has been challenging, but the striker has started to display his talents throughout recent games.

Silva has popped up with a number of important contributions and has six goals to his name in English football. It would be no surprise for Silva to finish his season with aplomb and put in a performance to make his departing manager proud.

Pre Match Comments

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Just one hour before Wolves announced that Santo would be departing the club after the season's end, the manager concluded his final press conference with no inkling at what was imminently about to ensue.

One of the highlights was his touching tribute to the players, and how far they had come under his tutelage.

"It’s a big achievement, especially due to the hard work of the players. This season was a tough one.

“Since the beginning in the Championship, every day we have worked together really well and to be able to say that since five, six games ago that we were OK and show that we’re going to have Premier League football is the main part of it.

“The mission this year has represented, to bounce back from difficult situations, I’m really proud of the work of the players. It says a lot about them.”

How to Watch

The Premier League fixture is available to watch on BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1HD, with kick-off at 16:00 BST and coverage starting an hour earlier.

Alternatively, you can follow the live-text updates on the VAVEL page and the Wolverhampton Wanderers Twitter page.

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