Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo will unleash his full-strength team against Manchester United tomorrow – despite the FA Cup semi-final looming at the weekend.
Nuno’s side host United at Molineux in the Premier League before turning their attentions to the Cup, where they face Watford at Wembley on Sunday.
Nuno rested 15-goal top scorer Raul Jimenez and wing back Matt Doherty for Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Burnley, while centre back Ryan Bennett was suspended. But all three are available tonight and Nuno insisted Wolves will show their full hand.
“You always consider the best options for each game. Always full strength, based on what we want and what we want to do,” said Nuno.
“If you make your decisions based on risk, you will not take them. So we will play different players, or maybe players that didn’t play before, for example.
“We’re only focusing on the game tomorrow, then we will think about the next one.”
Should Nuno make the expected changes, it would mean Doherty replacing Adama Traore at right wing back, Bennett back for Romain Saiss at right centre back and Ivan Cavaleiro making way for Jimenez up front.
Regarding Bennett, Nuno revealed: “If we decide, he is ready. His suspension is over and he’s been working very well.”
Wolves struggled without Jimenez on Saturday, but Nuno insists the team can cope without the in-form Mexican forward.
“He’s an important player, but all the players are important in the squad,” he said. “When he’s not on the pitch, we have other solutions and other options. Let’s see for tomorrow.”
Wolves famously knocked United out of the Cup at the quarter-final stage just over two weeks ago but Nuno admits it will be a different test this time.
“That night was special for every one of us, all of our fans, but this is a new challenge, a new game and a different competition now,” he added.
“We have to compete well and we are ready for it. There are things we will try to repeat because we saw good things before but there are things we will try to amend and correct because we were not so good at those.”
Wolves face Watford in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday. But the Molineux chief warned it could be very costly to start thinking of Wembley before United.
“The reality is this: We have a game tomorrow and we have a game on Sunday,” he said.
“Of course we cannot take away from our minds what’s going to happen after. But this could be a big mistake, so our philosophy is simple.
“We go game by game, and do the tasks we have to do in this game, perform well, then get ready for another one.”
United have more options than when they were last at Molineux as Romelu Lukaku is available after recovering from a foot injury, while Victor Lindelöf, who faced Wolves previously, is back after being unavailable at the weekend.