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Wolves: Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez set to return against Manchester United

Wolves: Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez set to return against Manchester United

Wolves strikers Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez are in line to return to the starting line-up for tonight’s Premier League clash against Manchester United.

BBC reported that the duo were among those expected to be recalled to the team by Nuno Espirito Santo for their first Premier League home game of the season.

BBC added that the Wolves manager made nine changes to his starting line-up for last Thursday’s Europa League qualifier against FC Pyunik from the team which begun the 0-0 draw at Leicester the previous weekend and is likely to revert to the XI that started at the King Power Stadium eight days ago.

Jota and Jimenez were Wolves’ top two scorers last season with 10 and 17 goals respectively, and they have both been on the goal trail again in the early weeks of this campaign.

Jota has netted twice in Wolves’ four Europa League qualifying matches so far, scoring in both of their home games against Crusaders and FC Pyunik, and also has five assists to his name this season.

Jimenez has been even more prolific with four goals in as many matches in Europe, although all of those have come away from Molineux, with doubles on their visits to Northern Ireland and Armenia.

The duo may have happy memories of Wolves’ two home games against Manchester United last season, a pair of 2-1 wins in the FA Cup and Premier League.

They both scored in the cup victory over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in March, while Jota scored Wolves’ equaliser when they came from behind to beat Manchester United in the league just 17 days’ later. Also, Jimenez registered an assist in both league meetings against the Red Devils last season.

If the Mexico striker is on the scoresheet tonight, it will be the second campaign in a row in which he has scored in Wolves’ first home league match of the season, having been on target in the 2-2 draw against Everton that marked their return to the Premier League 12 months ago.

Even though Jota and Jimenez both played for just 18 minutes against FC Pyunik last Thursday, they both made their mark on proceedings with a goal and an assist respectively.

Their combined return of six goals already this campaign shows that the form of last season has not deserted them, with Jota atoning for missing two gilt-edged chances at Leicester by scoring a sumptuous volley on Thursday.

Also, with both having recent memories of scoring in home wins over Manchester United, Solskjaer cannot say he hasn’t been forewarned about the threat that the duo should pose in Wolves’ attack if they start at Molineux tonight.

Wolves fans, do you think Jota and Jimenez can repeat their goalscoring heroics of last season once again tonight? Let us know by commenting below!

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