‘Maybe they aren’t’ Wolves man gives his Manchester United verdict
Manchester United are still a massive club, despite not being as strong as they once were.
That’s the view of Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Ryan Bennett, who has told his teammates they will need to remain focused if they are to, once again, get the better of United at Molineux.
On Monday night, they face United for the third time in 2019, but it is a United side that are on a high after thrashing Chelsea 4-0 in their Premier League opener.
It is now six years since the Red Devils won their last league title, but Bennett still believes Monday’s opponents are a huge brand in world football.
“It’s a massive club, regardless of last season and the seasons before. It’s a massive brand, as a club it’s massive. But you focus on what they do on the pitch and maybe they aren’t as strong as they were before but that’s not for us to talk about, they’ve had a strong start to the season. “
It will be a different front line that Bennett and his defensive colleagues will be up against in front of the Sky cameras. Romelu Lukaku has left the club for Inter, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial expected to lead the line. But it is a change in philosophy that the former Norwich man believes will be the challenge.
“They are all good players, Lukaku is a very, very good player, he’s strong, he’s quick but I think it’s more how the team is set up,” he added.
“I think they will be set up a little different this year, looking to counter and exploit the pace and power they’ve got up top.
“They are always able to nick one if you give the ball away in sloppy areas.”
Monday’s game is the first of five in less than two weeks as Wolves prepare for the final Europa League play-off round with Torino, with the first leg in Turin on Thursday.
“We know it’s going to be tough, every game is tough at this level,” Bennett explained. “We’ve got a few days to prepare now, which we haven’t really had to prepare for a team. It’s going to be a tough game and then we’ll look to recover and go again Thursday night.
“But for us, it’s all about Monday night and we need to get through that, do as well as we can and get the result we can and then we’ll deal with Thursday.”