Manchester United vs Wolves: Mourinho admits season will be hard

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Although some might have expected him to keep his place for United's game with Wolves on Saturday as a result of his showing in Bern, Jose Mourinho has confirmed the Frenchman will be dropped in favour of Alexis Sanchez.

Prior to kick-off the home crowd enjoyed the sight of Alex Ferguson back at Old Trafford for the first time since his brain operation in May but the brief reminder of more successful days was soon replaced by the contemporary United.

Wolves created three openings in the opening 17 minutes before Fred gave United a barely deserved lead. "But I think we are going to be a better team". The Wanderers are only one point behind the Red Devils, who sit in eighth.

'You see the level of the teams. We are getting better day by day.

"But I think the happiness, the confidence, the self-esteem was what pushed him to play in our first match against Leicester nearly without training and he played a very good match".

They were in the game since the first minute, they played every ball, every second in the maximum of their intensity, their desire, and we didn't.

Wolves are likely to need their top stars on form if they are to pick up a result away to United, but have already picked up a point at home to their neighbours Manchester City this season.

Chelsea, meanwhile, can extend their 100% start to the new season with a win at struggling West Ham tomorow and Fellaini admits the mood in the United dressing room is one of bitter disappointment.

"So, we didn't have a team that was in big trouble with accumulation of matches". I can't explain the difference of attitude because I never had a difference of attitude.

Mourinho said the 19-year-old Diogo Dalot, who impressed on debut in Wednesday's 3-0 win at Young Boys, would be rested for Saturday's meeting with Wolves at Old Trafford. We are going to play better than we did, but I think it's going to be a very hard season.

"They (Wolves) play like I like to play which is like the World Cup final".

'I want him to play totally fresh, ' said Mourinho.

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