Manchester United are back in Premier League action this Monday evening (17:30 GMT), as they host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford. Ralf Rangnick‘s side currently find themselves in seventh place but can rise up to fifth, one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal, with a win. Stay with us for all the build-up to Manchester United vs Wolves and then updates from the match.
Manchester United vs Wolves – LIVE SCORE: 0-1
This is the start of our Manchester United vs Wolves live blog, with updates from this Premier League fixture following on from here. As always, the entries nearest the top are the most recent ones.
Wolves controlled everything
Joao Moutinho to Sky Sports: “What I want is to help the team. Winning here at Old Trafford against a big team is amazing for us. We came here to play football, play with the ball, that’s what we do. We created a lot of shots in the first half. They changed a little bit to three centre-backs like us. We controlled everything. We only let them create one opportunity on the bar. We deserved it because of what we did over 90 minutes. I hope we can continue with this performance.
Full time – Man Utd 0-1 Wolves
Ralf Rangnick has suffered his first defeat as coach of Manchester United as Joao Moutinho drove home an 83rd minute winner for Wolves. It was no more than the away side deserved as United were poor throughout, with Fernandes hitting the crossbar and then forcing Malheiro de Sa into a late save.
Minute 90 – No response
After going behind United have shown nothing in a bid to equalise. In fact, it is Wolves who’ve looked more likely to put the ball in the back of the net once again.
Minute 82 – WOLVES SCORE
Traore whips a ball in and Jones’ headed clearance falls to Moutinho, who takes a touch and fires low past De Gea. Another horror show for United.
Minute 75 – Wolves hit the woodwork
After Matic brings down Adama Traore on the edge of the area, Romain Saiss steps up to take the freekick and it smacked the crossbar, though De Gea looked like he had it covered.
Minute 68 – Goal ruled out
From the resulting corner, Ronaldo has the ball in the net, but it’s ruled out as the Portuguese was offside.
Minute 67 – Fernandes hits the crossbar
A low cross from Matic finds Bruno Fernandes unmarked in the box, and the No.18 sidefoots onto the crossbar.
Minute 60 – Boos all round
As Bruno Fernandes is brought on to replace Greenwood, boos ring around Old Trafford, the fans are not happy with Rangnick’s decision.
Minute 51 – No improvement
Since the restart United have dominated possession, but have done nothing with it. In contrast, it’s Wolves who have looked the brighter with Jimenez getting in behind the backline only to be denied by Varane’s recovery.
Second half underway
No changes at Old Trafford. Will we see more of the same or can United step things up?
Half time – Man Utd 0-0 Wolves
Not much of improvement from the Newcastle match as United are struggling to string more than two passes together. There is next to no threat in the opposition box, while Wolves themselves look much more threatening when going forward, if not for Phil Jones, they might have taken the lead by now.
Minute 40 – Some Wolves pressure
Moutinho, Neves and Jimenez are looking extremely dangerous in the final third, while former Barcelona man Nelson Semedo is looking a threat down the right side.
Minute 30 – Neves catching the eye
Ruben Neves is having a brilliant match for Wolves as McTominay and Matic struggle to cope in midfield with the Portuguese.
Minute 22 – Crosses to no one
Both Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw have put crosses into the box, the first was too high for Cristiano Ronaldo, then the second was to no one. United need to do better in the final third.
Minute 12 – De Gea saves United twice
De Gea is called into action by Daniel Podence as he palms his effort out. Then from the resulting corner, Neves attempts a volley into the top corner after the ball in cleared and De Gea makes a brilliant save to deny the midfielder.
Minute 10 – All about Jones
This is Phil Jones’ world and we are just living in it. The defender is being cheered every time he touches the ball and so far he is doing well. A convincing headed clearance then a block on Semedo’s cross.
Minute 5 – Sancho shoots
Mason Greenwood plays a lovely ball from deep which finds Jadon Sancho in the Wolves half and allows the winger to surge towards the opposition backline. With Ronaldo in support the youngster opts to shoot instead of passing to his more experienced teammate, and his effort is blocked.
We are underway here at Old Trafford and we are only here to see Phil Jones!
Cristiano Ronaldo is Manchester United captain against Wolves, and wears the armband for just the second time in a Premier League game. The last time came on March 19, 2008, when United beat Bolton 2-0 at Old Trafford.
Phil Jones was the logical choice
Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick: “I can only judge Phil Jones from the last four weeks and he has always been very professional, very much involved and since all other three centre-backs out, he was the logical choice.
“Harry Maguire receieved an injury against Burnley and had problems the day after the game. Since last night, we knew all three were out.”
Man Utd vs Wolves – Official line-ups
Phil Jones STARTS for Manchester United for the first time in 707 days! That is the big team news from Old Trafford. Jones will be paired with Raphael Varane in central defence.
Wolves make two changes as Francisco Trincao and Nelson Semedo come into the line-up.
Man Utd XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Jones, Varane, Shaw, McTominay, Matic, Sancho, Greenwood, Cavani, Ronaldo.
Wolves XI: Jose Sa, Semedo, Kilman, Coady, Saiss, Marcal, Neves, Moutinho, Trincao, Jimenez, Podence.
Manchester United vs Wolves predicted line-ups
Manchester United’s predicted line-up (4-2-2-2): David de Gea; Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw; Fred, Scott McTominay; Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho; Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford.
Wolves’ predicted line-up (3-4-3): Jose Sa; Max Kilman, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss; Nelson Semedo, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Marcal; Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez, Francisco Trincao.
Manchester United vs Wolves: When does it start?
This Monday evening’s match between Manchester United and Wolves kicks off at 17:30 GMT, the local time in Manchester. For those living in the USA, you can tune in at 12:30 ET / 09:30 PT, while for those living in Spain you can tune in at 18:30 CET.
Manchester United vs Wolves: Where to watch it?
For those watching Manchester United vs Wolves from the USA, you can watch the game live on NBC Sports, whilst for those living in the United Kingdom the match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.