Manchester United have a number of injuries in the goalkeeping department while some Academy graduates have been sold meaning youngster Dermot Mee could be second in line to Andre Onana vs Wolves on Monday Manchester United might have a clear number one heading into the new season but behind summer signing Andre Onana things are a little less clear. It’s a game Erik ten Hag, and the club’s supporters, will expect to win but they will be aware of the infamous ‘new manager’ bounce that the visitors will travel to Old Trafford with. Gary O’Neil be in the opposing dugout rather than Julen Lopetegui – the Spaniard moved to terminate his contract by mutual agreement after believing Wolves had broken promises made to him regarding transfers.
There’s been no such concerns for United in the transfer market. Andre Onana, Mason Mount and Rasmus Hojlund have rocked up in Manchester to boost Ten Hag’s options, with two of the trio expected to feature from the start against Wolves. The Theatre of Dreams is the venue for Gary O’Neil’s Wolverhampton Wanderers baptism on Monday night, as Manchester United welcome their Midlands counterparts to their headquarters in gameweek one of the Premier League. While the Red Devils are gearing up for a second season under the watchful eye of Erik ten Hag, their visitors are in disarray after the inevitable – albeit untimely – departure of Julen Lopetegui.
Qualifying for the Champions League with a podium finish and adding another EFL Cup to the trophy case represented a successful first season at the Man United helm for Ten Hag, who was also forced to navigate his players through months of ownership uncertainty during his debut campaign in England. Thanks to an impeccable defensive record at their Old Trafford base – conceding a league-low 10 goals in front of their own fans all season long – Man United finished in the bronze medal position behind Arsenal and Manchester City, while also inflicting EFL Cup final misery on Newcastle United to end a six-year silverware drought. To say that Man United endured a tumultuous pre-season period would be an understatement, as after opening with three successive wins over Leeds United, Lyon and Arsenal, the Red Devils were put to the sword by Wrexham, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, although a fledgling XI was fielded against the former.
The Red Devils were only bested on one occasion at Old Trafford in the 2022-23 Premier League, although that did come on the opening weekend against Brighton & Hove Albion, potentially invoking fear in the more superstitious supporters who are also wary of the famed new manager bounce.