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Wolves leave it late to overcome Manchester United


Wolves won 1-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League for the first time since 1980 with a late winner courtesy of a Joao Moutinho volley as the away side inflicted the first loss of Ralf Rangnick’s tenure at Manchester United.

The home side were without the likes of Harry Maguire, Victor Lindeloff and Eric Bailly who were missing through injury and illness, leaving Manchester United short on numbers in defence.

As such, to the surprise of many, Phil Jones made his first appearance for Manchester United in 707 days, with his last outing coming against Tranmere on January 26, 2020 in the FA Cup. He joined Raphael Varane in defence.

The result leaves Manchester United seventh in the Premier League table on 31 points, with Wolves moving just behind the Red Devils into eighth position on 28 points.

Rangnick’s side were overrun in midfield by Wolves who had Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves pulling the strings throughout the match. The Portuguese duo proved too much to handle for United’s midfield pairing of Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic, with Neves going close with a looping shot from just outside the box.

Manchester United’s Phil JonesDave ThompsonAP

Despite being the stronger in the first half, Wolves failed to capitalise on their possession around the United box, leaving manager Bruno Lage unable to comprehend how his side had not taken a lead into the break, especially given the home side offered nothing from an attacking point of view.

It took Manchester United until the hour mark to come alive in the match, their best opportunities coming from a Bruno Fernandes effort which hit the bar, and a disallowed Cristiano Ronaldo goal which was rightly ruled out for offside.

That was as close as United came as Wolves weathered that short storm and soon retook the initiative. Then with eight minutes left Moutinho got on the end of a Jones headed clearance and his low volley from the edge of the box was enough to beat David De Gea in the United goal.

Fernandes did have one last opportunity to equalise in stoppage time, but his freekick from 18 yards out was excellently saved by compatriot Jose Sa, who was then swarmed by his teammates as the full-time whistle blew.

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo and Scott McTominay

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Scott McTominayPETER POWELLEFE


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