Nuno Espirito Santo has urged the entire Wolves pack to come together against Manchester United.
Wolves are aiming to make it a hat-trick of wins over United after beating them 2-1 twice last season, including knocking them out of the FA Cup. Nuno’s side go into their opening Premier League home game of the season fresh from their 4-0 victory against FC Pyunik in the Europa League on Thursday, while United thrashed Chelsea 4-0 on the opening day.
The Molineux attendance against the Armenian side was 29,391, which was slightly under capacity. Nuno wants every seat filled for the visit of the Old Trafford giants on Monday and every fan roaring the team on. “There were 30,000 here on Thursday, almost all sold out. We expect more on Monday!” said the Molineux head coach. “Those that are missing, come and help! Because the support of Molineux means so much. We enjoy playing here so much – it lifts us. We have to go again, together – us on the pitch, them in the stands, pushing – that’s the idea of a big, big pack.”
Nuno says last season’s games against United are consigned to the past, but wants to create more special memories as the team open their Molineux Premier League campaign under lights against the Old Trafford giants. “It will be a new game for sure,” he said. “What we did in the past doesn’t count at all.
“It will be a challenge – it’s a new game, we have to compete. It will be different. It will be very difficult for us, for sure. But we will be ready, that’s the important part.
“They know they’re going to face a very tough opponent, a fantastic club, fantastic squad, fantastic players with talent all over the place.”
United are set to parade £85m new signing Harry Maguire from Leicester. Nuno believes he will strengthen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s hand as they look to rediscover their former glories. “All the good players in good teams make a difference,” added the Wolves boss.
Nuno took the unusual step of making nine changes for the Pyunik game with the United match four days away. He handed debuts to Jesus Vallejo and Pedro Neto and first starts to Max Kilman and Patrick Cutrone.
They repaid that faith too with Neto scoring the first goal and setting up the second, while Cutrone created the first. And the Portuguese admitted those introduced had given him some food for thought.
“We made a decision for this game but you never know who will play on Monday,” said the boss. “We have to take this opportunity to give the boys space to express themselves, so we create new solutions. The boys are working, trying to level the squad in terms of minutes on the pitch is very important. But everybody being healthy is the best thing we have and everyone is OK.”