“Seven hundred and twelve days. That’s how long it has been since Phil Jones last started a Premier League game for Manchester United but his long wait is finally over.
“The 29-year-old has not featured at all in almost two years due to what his former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described as a “horrible” run of injuries, but he is fit again now and his commitment in training is said to have impressed Solskjaer’s successor, Ralf Rangnick.
“His inclusion tonight is largely down to injuries, of course, with Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly joining Victor Lindelof on the sidelines. But Jones will be desperate to seize this long-awaited opportunity. Manchester United need him to hit the ground running.
Man Utd vs Wolves – the story of the match
On a run of four wins from five in the Premier League, things are looking up for Manchester United (7th) who will go fifth, a point off the Champions League spots, with a win (they would need to overturn West Ham’s six-goal goal difference advantage – but stranger things have happened).
Wolves (9th) on the other hand are looking to wrestle back eighth spot from Brighton, and will move three points off their hosts if they can earn victory at Old Trafford.
Could Jones start?
There’s a lot of talk on social media that Phil Jones could make a rare appearance for Man Utd today – his last league start for the club was way back on 22 January, 2020.
Just over 10 minutes to find out…
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Early team news: Wolves count Covid cost
Wolves boss Bruno Lage is still to learn who he will have available after coronavirus.
Wolves’ game at Arsenal on Tuesday was called off after an outbreak within the squad and he will use the weekend to assess them.
Jonny (knee), Pedro Neto (knee), Hwang Hee-Chan (hamstring), Yerson Mosquera (hamstring) and Willy Boly (calf) are definitely out while Rayan Ait-Nouri has been battling a groin problem
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