Moutinho remains in the present

Midfield ace Joao Moutinho has warned that Wolves have to focus on the here and now and not on the potential of an even brighter tomorrow at Molineux.

Ahead of a Saturday trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United, the veteran Portugal international insists that taking care of business game by game has to be the main priority for the newly-promoted outfit.

His caution comes with Wolves having lost just one of their five Premier League games so far this season, with the club having undergone huge changes following the arrival of head coach Nuno Espirito Santo at the start of last season.

Moutinho told the Shropshire Star: "We need to talk about the reality, the present.  If you do a good present, you can be better the next year.

"You need to focus 100 per cent on this year, as it's very important. After that, we see what is better.

"If we do good things (this season), I think it’s easier for the club to spend more money on more very good players – and it is easier for players to want to come here."

Wolves have been beaten on all four of their previous Premier League visits to Old Trafford, the last of which came in December 2011, when they lost 4-1 to the Red Devils.

The Midlanders are 14/5 to secure a draw on Saturday, with a 1-1 final scoreline priced at 7/1, while Wolves are available at 4/7 to finish in the top half of the table come the end of the season.

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Jimenez banks Wolves win

Raul Jimenez scored the only goal as Wolves claimed a deserved victory over Burnley at Molineux to continue their strong start to the campaign.

The home side dominated possession and controlled the game against a well-organised Clarets side, but they had to wait the hour-mark for Jimenez to make the crucial breakthrough.

Burnley rarely threatened, with the only real chances they created falling to Johann Berg Gudmundsson late on.

The Clarets have now lost four successive Premier League game for the first time. Wolves meanwhile climbed into the top half of the table with their win.

The key moment was orchestrated down the Wolves right, with Matt Doherty toe-poking a cross into the path of Jimenez, who was able to divert the ball beyond Joe Hart's dive.

Nuno Espirito Santo has demanded his players "maintain the standards" set in their 1-0 victory over West Ham prior to the international break, and he was not disappointed.

"I am very, very satisfied. We played good football and stayed organised and created chances. Burnley are a good side and stayed in it until the end," said the Molineux boss.

"If there is a 'but', we could be more clinical. But if we can continue to make these many chances, it makes me very proud."

Wolves are 11/2 to win their next game, away at Manchester United. The Red Devils are 8/15 while the draw is 3/1 at Old Trafford.

For Burnley boss Dyche, his side didn't reach the required standard.

"We knew they were a good side. They invested well in the summer. We knew we'd have to defend resolute. We got some nice blocks in and looked more like ourselves defensively," he said.

"Attacking-wise there was nowhere near enough."

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Nuno setting high standards

Nuno Espirito Santo has challenged his Wolves players to maintain the standards they have set in the opening few games of the new Premier League season.

The newly-promoted outfit have earned five points from their opening four games, with their only defeat coming at the hands of Leicester City just under a month ago.

And, while Nuno is pleased with how his squad have reacted to the step up in class from The Championship, he is also aware that even better performances will be needed in the coming months.

He told reporters: "We achieved the first clean sheet against West Ham. That must be the first step, a clean sheet – you're always closer to winning a game if you have a clean sheet.

"We, as a team, have a lot of things to improve – we have to be more clinical. We can think about our talents, style, the way we achieve and create chances is good, now but let's make it better.

"The most important thing is that we established standards in the last game and we have to maintain those standards.

"Winning is always good and makes things a lot easier when you are trying to establish an identity like we are, but we have to do it again."

Wolves welcome Burnley to Molineux on Sunday, with the visitors having struggled for form so far this season and taken just one point from four games.

The Midlanders are 3/4 to secure all three points on Sunday and are 12/5 to win the game by a one-goal margin, with Wolves 1/1 to keep a clean sheet.

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Pep happy with a point

Pep Guardiola felt Manchester City had gained a good point after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves at Molineux.

The Premier League champions were given a proper game by last seasons' Championship winners, with Wolves eager from the get-go to try and get at their illustrious visitors.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insisted that his team wanted to remain true to their core values and how they want to play the game, something that appeared to win plenty favour with Guardiola.

Wolves were however fortunate to go in front just before the hour, Willy Boly bundling home from Joao Moutinho's cross, though replays showed a hand was used to apply the finish.

Aymeric Laporte headed home City's leveller 20 minutes from full-time. Sergio Aguero struck the woodwork in both halves, including a free-kick with the final kick of the game that hit the top of the crossbar.

Raheem Sterling saw a ferocious first-half volley tipped onto the woodwork by Raul Patricio but, in spite of some chances going begging and Wolves' goal being of the fortuitous variety, Guardiola was happy to collect a point.

"We created chances but their keeper made saves, so today we draw. We knew how good they were this season. No complaints," said the City boss.

"We created a lot, that's why it's good. In the first half, Aguero hit the post – sometimes it goes in, sometimes not.

"We were not solid defensively today, that is why we conceded a few chances to them. But in general, the game – considering the quality of the opponent – was good. We have to give credit."

Man City are 1/9 to get back to winning ways by defeating Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium next Saturday. The Magpies are 18/1 with the draw priced at 8/1.

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Nuno: We play our way

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insisted they would continue to play their own style of football after holding Premier League champions Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at Molineux.

Last season's Championship winners showed no fear and took Man City on in open clash.

The home side were determined not to sit in and defend from the off and they posed a threat throughout the game.

Wolves were fortunate to go in front just before the hour, Willy Boly bundling home from Joao Moutinho's cross, though replays showed a hand was used to apply finish.

City levelled on 69 minutes, Aymeric Laporte rising tallest to meet Ilkay Gundogan's dead ball and bullet a header home from six-yards.

Sergio Aguero cannoned a free-kick off the crossbar in the final second of stoppage time, though Wolves also lost out in the first half when Raul Jimenez scored from close range only to be denied by an offside flag.

The Wolves boss was delighted with a positive performance, his side now unbeaten after two home games in the top flight.

"We are happy. It was a good game. This is the way we must play, improving each week. Let's do it again next week," said the Wolves manager.

"It is a big victory for the boys today. No matter what opponent you have, you should play the way you think you should play.

"It is our way. We don't have to prove anything to anybody. We just have to be ourselves – the way we work together."

Wolves are 9/5 to win away at West Ham next weekend. The Hammers are 8/5 with the draw priced at 11/5.

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Nuno commits to Wolves cause

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has committed his future to the club by signing a one-year contract extension that ties him to the West Midlands outfit until 2021.

The Portuguese tactician has worked wonders since arriving at Molineux in May last year and helped Wolves finish top of the Championship last term.

As the club prepares for life back in the top flight, Nuno has extended his stay with the club and is now looking forward to the challenges that the Premier League will bring.

He was quoted by the BBC, saying: "We knew the project required time and now we have three years ahead of us.

"In year two we know the challenge is even more difficult, but we have something that we hold onto – we have our own identity.

Having already signed Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio and Mexico forward Raul Jimenez, Nuno also claimed he expects further additions to be brought in before the first competitive game of the campaign.

Wolves will kick-start their Premier League season on 11th August when they welcome Marco Silva's Everton side to Molineux.

Wolves are 13/10 to win, 23/10 to draw and 21/10 to lose that opener against the Toffees.

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Wolves seal deals for duo

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has decided to sign Leo Bonatini and Ruben Vinagre on a permanent basis.

Both players spent last season on loan at Molineux.

Bonatini, who scored 12 goals in 43 Championship appearances last season, has inked a four-year-deal, while Vinagre has signed a five-year contract.

Bonatini moves to Molineux from Saudi Professional League side Al-Hilal for an undisclosed fee while teenager Vinagre moves from AS Monaco.

Wolves' sporting director Kevin Thelwell said: "We are delighted to secure the services of two players we rate very highly and we believe can play a huge part in our plans for our first season back in the Premier League and beyond.

"Both players have been part of this group for a season and that means they can hit the ground running and won't need any additional time to adjust to Nuno and his coaching staff's high standards of preparation and training.

"Leo Bonatini was unstoppable for a long stretch last season while Ruben Vinagre is a hugely exciting prospect."

Wolves, 11/10 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table in 2018/19, are 13/10 to win their first game of the season against Everton on 11th August.

Nuno wary of battling Blues

Nuno Espirito Santo will not be taking anything for granted when his Wolves team take on Birmingham City at Molineux on Sunday.

A victory against the Blues will confirm Wolves' place in the Premier League next season following their impressive 2-0 win over Derby County on Wednesday.

Wolves have been at the top of the table since October and Nuno is keen to seal their place in the top-flight as soon as possible.

"The players have had the ability to know what they can control is inside the pitch," he said. "They know what they do on the pitch will impact what is happening in the stands. It is not a party, it is a football game.

"We know that Birmingham are fighting for their lives, it means that we have to fight at the same intensity they're going to.

"We have the talent to create things that breaks them down but first we have to be intense, organised, stay in shape, discipline – all these things that I am always saying because this is the way we see football.

"We are ready, we have no problems or injuries."

Wolves can be backed at 9/2 to beat Birmingham City 2-0 and at 8/11 to keep a clean sheet against their local rivals. The Blues are 9/4 to be relegated from the Championship this season.

Nuno won’t change his style

Nuno Espirito Santo insists that the recent defeat to Fulham will not cause him to change his approach when Wolves visit Leeds United on Wednesday.

Wolves lost for only the fifth time this season – 2-0 at Fulham in their last game on 24th February – while Saturday's match against Reading was postponed.

Wolves can move six points clear of second-placed Cardiff City if they win at Elland Road and they are 21/20 to do just that and 1/80 to be promoted from the Championship this season.

Despite starting the campaign well, Leeds are 13th after slumping to a 3-0 defeat at Middlesbrough last Friday, and they can be backed at 5/1 to draw 1-1 with the league leaders on home soil.

Nuno said: "Our team and our players are ready to play in any stadium, in any circumstances. Our last performance was not good but we were able to analyse that and we had time to work on that.

"We knew from the beginning of the competition that everything was going to be difficult and we cannot win every game so we have to be ready for these kinds of moments.

"We don't change our approach – from day one we have been looking at the same things and trying to improve our shape and our ideas. We have to put our talent and quality on the pitch."

Wolves aim to get back on track

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is ready for a busy week, as he aims to ensure his side's Championship promotion charge does not come off the rails.

The Molineux outfit have gone three games without a win in just over a week, being held to draws by both Preston North End and Norwich City, before being beaten 2-0 at Fulham on Saturday.

However, the Wolves boss is not about to panic, with his side still ten points clear of third-placed Aston Villa despite their recent dip in form.

The Portuguese told his club's official website: "It's our work to analyse and this week will be good for us because we can breathe and refocus. We're going to fix the problems, we'll find the right solutions.

"The team needs to improve in every aspect, both defence and offensive. We are conceding goals, so we'll look at everything as we always do.

"They were the better team and we struggled to go out and get possession, it's the reality of football and we keep on going. The focus is exactly the same, but we must do better.

"Fulham deserved it. They have good momentum and are a good team."

Wolves are back in action next Saturday when they play host to Reading, who have won just once in their last 13 league games.

The hosts are 2/5 to claim all three points at Molineux and are 5/1 to secure a 2-0 victory, with Wolves 11/2 to win the game 1-0.

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