The game on Monday night is too soon for the £72 million striker, who arrived from Atalanta with a minor back problem.
Hojlund, 20, started training with his new club on Wednesday in order to increase his fitness levels in the coming weeks.
“He had a small issue and he’s not on the levels where our players are right now, so we have to train him,” Erik Ten Hag stated before of the game. The prognosis is difficult to predict. We are confident and optimistic.”
In his absence, Marcus Rashford is expected to start up front, with Alejandro Garnacho the main option to play on the left wing against Wolves after a strong pre-season showing against Lens.
Jadon Sancho played as a false nine in some friendlies but will have to settle for a bench position.
Mason Mount appears to have taken Christian Eriksen’s spot in the team, as the £65 million addition aims to build a midfield partnership with Casemiro.
At right back, Diogo Dalot should be preferred over Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Andre Onana will make his competitive debut in goal. Despite speculations of a £30 million deal to West Ham, Ten Hag has reiterated that Harry Maguire is “of course” available.
United will be missing Tyrell Malacia, Dean Henderson, and Anthony Martial, who were all injured during pre-season, as well as unavailable youngsters Kobbie Mainoo and Amad Diallo.
“Malacia will take some time, same as Amad and Kobbie, they are impact injuries,” Ten Hag noted. “All the others, like Henderson, Hojlund, quite short notice but that is the definition of it, will take a few weeks.”
Injuries: Martial, Malacia, Amad, Mainoo, Hojlund, Henderson
Time and date: 8pm, Monday, August 14, 2023 Venue: Old Trafford