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host Wolves this weekend with the two clubs solely separated by goal difference after both claiming 34 points from 24 games. 

The two sides are also still competing for the Europa League with United facing Club Brugge and Wolves taking on Espanyol in the last 32 of Europe's second tier competition. 

Wolves played their final game of their title-winning Championship season just 20 months ago but are already on a par with the declining

The Red Devils are still trying to get back on track following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013 with the club struggling under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

Here, Sportsmail compares the two sides by naming a combined XI made up of fit and available players – so don't be surprised when you see Paul Pogba's isn't in the engine room or Marcus Rashford isn't leading the line. 

United new boy Bruno Fernandes would likely have made the cut too but doesn't get in as he is yet to make his debut for his new club.

Bruno Fernandes would have likely made the cut but misses out as he is yet to make his debut

Bruno Fernandes would have likely made the cut but misses out as he is yet to make his debut

4-3-3 

Rui Patricio  

It's hard to split Rui Patricio and David de Gea when comparing their Premier League statistics for the season as both custodians have kept just four clean sheets and have a similar save percentage at 65.96 per cent and 67.78 per cent respectively. 

The duo have been playing at a similar level this season but you expect more from De Gea as he was once billed as the world's best keeper. 

De Gea has also been playing behind a defence which has cost United almost £200million while Patricio has the likes of Conor Coady and Romain Saiss in front of him. 

The Spaniard has slowly been on the decline during the last few years and United are even planning on keeping Dean Henderson to apply pressure on the former Atletico Madrid man next season. 

Rui Patricio gets the nod to start in goal ahead of Manchester United keeper David de Gea

Rui Patricio gets the nod to start in goal ahead of keeper David de Gea

Aaron Wan-Bissaka 

The right back has settled into life at Old Trafford with relative ease with the £50m former Crystal Palace man being one of 's standout players this season.

United fans have quickly become accustomed to seeing Wan-Bissaka make last-ditch tackles to stop his opponent from bypassing him. 

He has made the third most tackles in the Premier League with 239 and a success rate of 68 per cent. 

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has hardly put a foot wrong defensively with his biggest error coming when he gave a penalty away against Watford. He needs to improve the attacking elements of his game but he has had a steady start to life as a Red Devil.  

Conor Coady

Wolves' club captain has shown he is more than capable of competing against the Premier League's best attackers following his rise with the club from the Championship. 

Coady, now in his fifth season at the club, has been more consistent than the likes of Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe so gets the nod to start alongside Harry Maguire. 

The 26-year-old could make a late push for a place in this summer's England squad for the European Championship with Gareth Southgate revealing he hasn't been selected because the Three Lions do not currently play in a back three.  

Wolves' Conor Coady, pictured facing former side Liverpool, wears his heart on his sleeve

Wolves' Conor Coady, pictured facing former side Liverpool, wears his heart on his sleeve

Harry Maguire 

The former Leicester man has high expectations on his shoulders after becoming the world's most expensive defender in the summer. 

He is yet to live up to his £80m price-tag but he can't be blamed for that as it's not his fault United paid over the odds for his services. 

Harry Maguire was made club captain in his first season which shows his standing among his colleagues and the management team.

Supporters are quick to write players off but he is definitely an upgrade on the defenders that have been plying their trade at United in recent years. 

Brandon

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