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Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers Live Commentary, 4/1/22

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0 - 1
MUN
WOL
João Moutinho (82)
Old Trafford

Commentary

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Tonight's defeat is Rangnick's first since he took charge, and his team needs to learn their lessons. Going forward, they looked lost for most of the game, and they need to work on their game to qualify for the Champions League this season. Wolves are now three points behind United and up to eighth in the Premier League table.
Thanks to Moutinho's second-half strike, Wolves have secured their first league win at Old Trafford since 1980. Lage's men were the better team throughout the 90 minutes, with De Gea keeping the likes of Semedo, Podence and Neves at bay in the first half. United improved for 10 or 15 minutes in the second half, but it was not enough as Moutinho secured all three points with eight minutes of normal time remaining. After Traore's cross was cleared, the Wolves midfielder collected the ball and fired past De Gea to reward Wolves' travelling supporters.
90' + 7' FULL-TIME - MANCHESTER UNITED 0-1 WOLVES.
90' + 6' SAVE!!! Fernandes tries to catch out the Wolves defence and go for goal, but Sa flies across his goal to deny the United midfielder. That should be all we have time for.
90' + 5' Silva's high boot on Jones hands United a free-kick on the edge of the box. This is it for Rangnick's men, all or nothing! Any guesses who is going to take it?
José Sá
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
90' + 4' Sa is shown a yellow card for time wasting.
90' Five minutes of stoppage time to come at Old Trafford...
L. Dendoncker
Daniel Podence
Wolverhampton Wanderers
88' Lage tries to sure up his defence as he sends on Dendoncker, with Podence making way.
86' Only Wolves' fans can be heard inside Old Trafford, and their team is five minutes away from a famous victory.
A. Elanga
A. Wan-Bissaka
Manchester United
84' Rangnick decides to go for it, with Elanga on in place of Wan-Bissaka.
João Moutinho
Goal
Wolverhampton Wanderers
82' GOAAALLLL - MAN UTD 0-1 WOLVES - Moutinho fires Wolves into the lead, and it is no less than they deserve. United cleared Traore's curling cross, but Moutinho pounced on the edge of the box. The Portuguese midfielder brought the ball under control before firing past De Gea into the bottom corner.
Fábio Silva
R. Jiménez
Wolverhampton Wanderers
81' Lage turns to his bench, with Jimenez making way for Silva.
78' United's attacking play has now dried up all of a sudden, which is not what Rangnick would have expected after sending on Fernandes and Rashford.
M. Rashford
J. Sancho
Manchester United
76' Rangnick's latest substitution sees Rashford replace Sancho.
75' CROSSBAR! Wolves nearly make Matic pay for that sloppy challenge, but Saiss' free-kick rattles the frame of the goal, with De Gea unable to get a hand to the shot.
N. Matić
Yellow Card
Manchester United
74' Matic has now been booked alongside McTominay and Shaw after bringing down Traore, who was racing towards the United penalty area.
73' Fernandes' introduction certainly seems to have given United a lift, and Rangnick still has Rashford available on the bench.
72' Manchester United have won their first league game in five of the last six calendar years. They have less than 20 minutes to continue that tradition.
69' MUCH BETTER! United have finally found their second gear, as both Ronaldo and McTominay go close to opening the scoring. The latter wins a corner as his left-footed shot deflects off a Wolves defender.
68' OFFSIDE! United have the ball in the back of the net, but it does not count as Ronaldo is flagged offside. The Red Devils skipper headed Fernandes' cross into the top corner, but he set off too early, and Wolves survive yet again.
67' CROSSBAR! Fernandes rattles the frame of the goal, and somehow Wolves remain level. The Portugal international raced into the penalty area to meet Matic's cutback, but he failed to keep his body over the ball and hit the crossbar.
Adama Traoré
Trincão
Wolverhampton Wanderers
66' After a quiet night at the office, Trincao is now replaced by Traore. Hopefully his introduction will help Wolves' cause.
65' Wolves fail to create anything from the resulting set-piece, and the wait for the first goal of the match goes on.
64' SHAW! The England left-back comes to United's aid for the second time in quick succession as he heads a cross over the bar that looked destined for Jimenez.
Bruno Fernandes
M. Greenwood
Manchester United
60' Fernandes replaces Greenwood and that could mean a change in system for United.
59' BLOCK! Shaw comes to United's rescue as he blocks Semedo's effort on the edge of the box. Wolves breezed through the United midfield, with Podence picking out Semedo, thanks to Trincao's dummy, but Shaw did enough to keep Lage's side at bay.
L. Shaw
Yellow Card
Manchester United
57' Shaw joins McTominay in the referee's book after blocking Trincao near the halfway line.
54' It looks like Rangnick has had enough, with Fernandes discussing tactics with the United bench.
52' Fernandes is out on the touchline warming up, and he could be crucial in helping United over the line. The Red Devils have not created enough chances, and that needs to improve in the next 40 minutes.
S. McTominay
Yellow Card
Manchester United
49' McTominay is shown a yellow card after a clumsy challenge on Podence.
49' The second half is only a few minutes old, but there has been no improvement from United.
46' We are back underway at Old Trafford!
Rangnick may need to turn to his bench if United are to win this battle, with the likes of Rashford, Van De Beek and Fernandes all waiting in the wings. They should count themselves lucky to be level, while Wolves will look to carry on in the same vein.
Despite a strong first-half performance, Wolves have nothing to show for it as the referee blows the whistle for half-time. Rangnick's side have looked low on confidence and clueless in midfield on occasions, but De Gea has ensured the game is level at the break. The Spaniard has denied Podence, Semedo and Neves so far, and United cannot keep relying on him to bail them out.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME - MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 WOLVES.
45' Two minutes of stoppage time to come at Old Trafford.
44' JONES!!! The United defender comes to his side's rescue as he throws himself towards the near post to deny Trincao, who was about to shoot from six yards out. Without that block from Jones, United would be trailing 1-0.
42' Cavani shows his frustration as he blasts his shot into the stands. The Uruguayan collected possession from Shaw, and rather than play Greenwood through on goal, he handed Wolves a goal-kick after a dismal effort from 25 yards out.
40' BLOCK! Another chance for Wolves goes begging as Matic gets in the way of Jimenez's shot at the near post.
37' The home crowd are growing frustrated by their team's performance, and the interval may come at the perfect time for United.
35' CLOSE! Wolves should be one-nil up, but Jimenez fired wide with his header at the near post. Replays showed he would have been offside, but United put themselves under pressure, and it has not been a good performance so far from the Red Devils.
33' There are just over ten minutes to go in the first half, and Sa has made one save in the Wolves goal. That is not good enough from Rangnick's side.
30' Good news for Wolves, Neves has been checked over and is now back on the field.
29' There is a worry here for Wolves as Neves has gone down with an injury and has asked for treatment.
28' CLOSE! Wan-Bissaka tries his best to pick out Ronaldo at the far post, but his driven cross just misses the head of the United striker.
27' Ronaldo forces a save out of Wolves keeper Sa, but he would have needed to make a huge effort to allow that shot to creep past him. Ronaldo was 35 yards out from goal and failed to put any real power on his strike.
25' Podence tries to beat De Gea at his near post, but the United keeper is alert to the danger and keeps him at bay.
22' Wolves are winless in their last ten away league games against Man Utd since a 1-0 win in February 1980. Wolves have failed to score on seven occasions in that run, netting just three goals in total.
19' SAVE! De Gea comes to United's rescue inside the first 20 minutes for the third time. Semedo was given far too much time to approach the United penalty area, but De Gea did enough as he palmed away Semedo's right-footed strike.
17' OVER! Neves tries his luck for the second time in the first half, but he can only blast his latest strike into the stand behind De Gea's goal.
16' Nothing comes from the set-piece as Coady sees his shot blocked at the far post.
15' Wolves are starting to put some serious pressure on the United box, and they win another corner as Wan-Bissaka slides in to stop Podence.
13' DE GEA! Two saves in two minutes from the Spaniard, this time, he tips Neves' looping shot over the crossbar. That's a magnificent save, and he has stopped Neves from opening the scoring.
12' SAVE! De Gea gets down to his right-hand side and protects his near post to deny Podence, but Wolves still managed to win a corner.
10' The crowd throw their support behind Jones once again as he cuts out a dangerous cross from Semedo. He has had to be sharp and on the ball from the first whistle, but so far, so good from the former Blackburn Rovers man.
7' CHANCE! A superb pass from Greenwood created an excellent opportunity for Sancho, but the former Borussia Dortmund winger saw his shot blocked on the edge of the box.
6' Jimenez wins Wolves a corner, which will allow the likes of Saiss, Coady and Kilman to push forward for the first set-piece of the night.
4' Both teams have made errors in possession, and neither side have managed to take control inside the first few minutes.
2' Jones' first touch of the match is cheered by the home crowd as he clears a cross for a Wolves throw-in.
1' We are underway at Old Trafford!
Kick-off is moments away as both teams are now on the field of play finishing their final preparations.
Manchester United have won their last three Premier League games against Wolves, last having a longer winning run against them in league competition between 1964 and 1968.
Jones will make his first appearance for Manchester United in 707 days as he starts alongside Varane. In recent years, the defender has struggled with a knee injury, but he has done enough to impress Rangnick in the last few weeks of training. He and Varane replace Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly in the only two changes for the Red Devils. Wolves boss Bruno Lage also makes two alterations to his starting XI as Trincao and Semedo come into the fold in place of Dendoncker and Hoever.
SUBS: Luke Cundle, Ki-Jana Hoever, Rayan Ait Nouri, Bruno Jordao, John Ruddy, Hugo Bueno, Leander Dendoncker, Adama Traore, Fabio Silva.
WOLVES (3-4-3): Josa Sa; Max Kilman, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss; Nelson Semedo, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Marcal; Trincao, Raul Jimenez, Daniel Podence.
SUBS: Diogo Dalot, Donny van de Beek, Anthony Elanga, Marcus Rashford, Dean Henderson, Bruno Fernandes, Jesse Lingard, Fred, Alex Telles.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-4-2): David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw; Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Jadon Sancho; Edinson Cavani, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester United's 3-1 success over Burnley last time out helped them keep pace with the top five, and they are three points behind West Ham. The Red Devils have two games in hand over the Hammers, while Wolves are six points behind Rangnick's troops.
Ralf Rangnick's side come into this game in good form, having avoided defeat in their previous seven matches in all competitions. The same cannot be said of Wolves, who have won one of their last six in the Premier League.
Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Wolves from Old Trafford. The Red Devils are aiming to secure back-to-back wins in the English top-flight this evening, while Wolves' previous match with Arsenal was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak.