Carling Cup: Manchester United v Wolverhampton Preview and Team News
Manchester United meet Wolverhampton in the Carling Cup for the second consecutive season as Sir Alex Ferguson looks to continue United’s dominance of the competition.
Online bookmakers are offering free bets to new customers and offer cash back specials for Tuesday’s televised Carling Cup fourth round tie between Manchester United and Wolverhampton from Old Trafford at 8.00pm.
United beat Wolves 1-0 in the third round last year before going on to win the trophy for the third time in five years.
Sir Alex could become the first manager since Liverpool’s Bob Paisley to win a hat-trick of league cups should United make another successful defence of the trophy and given his love of records, he will want his players to continue to take the competition seriously.
Coventry were the last team to knock the Red Devils out of the tournament back in September 2007 with a shock third round win at Old Trafford.
If Wolves are to emulate their Midlands neighbours they need to break a 30-year hoodoo as the last time Wolves won at Old Trafford was in February 1980.
Bookmakers don’t think Wolves have the firepower for the task and United’s odds of 1/3 with 888 Sport are as good as you’ll find while Totesport bet 11/1 Wolves to cause an upset.
Mick McCarthy’s side were unable to find the net in three meetings between the sides last term and on current form they will have their work cut out to improve on that record.
Wolves have scored just eight times against Premier League opposition and only three in five away games this term.
Although they eventually put four past Notts County in the Carling Cup third round match at Molineux, it took an 83rd penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw in normal time before they finished the job in extra-time.
Ferguson will look to his second string to continue their good work and Michael Owen should be fit enough to play up front.
Owen scored twice in the 5-2 third round win at Scunthorpe and Victor Chandler bet 11/2 for the former England striker to open the scoring.
With Wayne Rooney likely to be sidelined for another two weeks, Javier Hernandez is expected to be saved for the Premier League.
McCarthy is likely to give some of his fringe players a chance to prove themselves which means Serbian midfielder Nenad Milijas could be given another chance.
Midfielder Stephen Hunt has recovered from the foot injury that has kept him out for eight months and came off the bench against Chelsea at the weekend, he could take part on Tuesday as he looks to build match fitness.