Shocking Manchester United display sees Wolves seriously dent Champions League hopes. What a miserable sentence.
Wolverhampton Wanderers is never an easy game, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s men taking 13 points from 10 games against the ‘big six’.
Manchester United kicked off the game well in the opening exchanges, Wolves struggling to come to terms with the new wing-back system Ole Gunnar Solskjaer employed to match their own favoured strategy.
Lukaku came extremely close when heading from close range but was denied by a combination of poor finishing and quick reactions from keeper Rui Patricio, however the Portuguese could do nothing to stop the long-distance effort from Scott McTominay which skimmed off the wet surface into the far corner.
Jesse Lingard could have put the game almost out of sight from eight yards moments later, but fluffed his chances, this lucky escape giving Wolves a much-needed shock to the system.
After impressing, Fred once again reminded Manchester United fans why he’s often regarded a flop, gifting the ball to Wolves who skilfully pulled apart the Reds defence in a matter of moments before sliding through Jota who clinically finished past David De Gea for his second goal in as many games against the visitors.
An awful evening for Ashley Young was made worse when he found himself on the end of Mike Dean’s 100th Premier League red card, and despite United pressing on valiantly in search of a winner, it was the hosts who took home all three points, Chris Smalling bumbling Raul Jimenez’s headed effort into the back of his own net.
Scott McTominay was the best of a bad bunch and probably deserves some mention for his efforts from midfield. The only real threat on the pitch, McTominay was close to giving United the lead on a couple of occasions and combined his offensive efforts with decent energy in defence as well. Indeed, had the result been different, we would have been heralding him as the man who carried them through to the Champions League.
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