When Matheus Nunes returns to Molineux on Saturday for Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Gary O’Neil does not anticipate a warm welcome.
Pep Guardiola had recognised Nunes as a late possibility during the summer transfer season, and he signed him to City in a £53 million move on the final day of the market. After Kevin De Bruyne suffered a long-term injury in the opening match of the season against Burnley, the Blues manager was compelled to take quick action.
With such little time to find a successor, Wolves turned down any initial offers; however, when the Portuguese midfielder failed to show up for training in an effort to force a transfer, Wolves were obliged to bargain. He will return to Molineux as a City player on Saturday, but O’Neil isn’t anticipating a warm welcome because the cut is still hurting.
O’Neil described Nunes as “a talented player.” “He relocated to the best side in the world for that sum of money. It demonstrates his character. From the weeks I spent with him, I was aware of that. a boy with extraordinary talent.
“It appears that he contributed significantly to their recent victories. Like all of their fantastic players, I anticipate him to play, and we have a strategy in place.
When questioned about the midfielder’s likely reception, he responded, “I have no idea. You are mixed up. When people depart in such a manner, I’d say it’s not [positive].
Wolves have only won one of their first six Premier League games, and they currently sit in 16th place despite showing signs of potential in the majority of games. They were eliminated from the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night by Championship team Ipswich Town.
Therefore, the entrance of City, who have won six of their last six league games, doesn’t inspire much hope in the home team. However, O’Neil is certain that no game should be considered a “free hit” and has pledged to attack on Saturday.
“I don’t see them as free hits,” he continued. “It’s a big challenge for us, but it’s also a great chance to assess where we are, present ourselves well, and see how far that gets us on the actual day.
You need a lot of things to line up because Manchester City is a tremendous team—possibly the finest in the world of football. We must play at the top of our game, be crystal clear about who we are, how we want the world to be, and how we plan to get what we want.