A late João Moutinho strike was enough to seal a famous Wolverhampton Wanderers victory at Old Trafford – securing a 1-0 win over Manchester United.
Wolves inflicted Ralf Rangnick’s first defeat since taking over as interim manager of the ‘Red Devils’.
Wolves hadn’t won an away league game at Old Trafford in over 40 years but the ‘Old Gold’ dominated the opening stages. Rúben Neves has an eye for the spectacular and his dipping volley from 25-yards looked destined for the top corner, but a sensational stop by David de Gea kept Wolves at bay.
Wolves were still dominant up the half-hour mark and Daniel Podence was doing his level best to fire his side ahead, but an inspired de Gea was standing tall in the United goal.
HT arrived with United flat and arguably mesmerized by the intensity and guile of the visitors, but they could have gone into the break with a lead had Edinson Cavani not blazed wildly over the bar from the edge of the area.
United came out after HT with a renewed optimism and began to take the game to Wolves somewhat, without actually creating anything by way of clear-cut chances. It took 65 minutes for Rangnick’s side to spring into life, but eventually they created the best opening of the game when Nemanja Matić pulled back to Bruno Fernandes, but his effort thundered away off the crossbar. Fernandes was the architect moments later as his teasing free-kick was headed home by Cristiano Ronaldo, only for the offside flag to cut short his joy.
It was Wolves’ turn to rattle the woodwork next, when Romain Saïss’ free-kick just didn’t have the dip required and crashed away to safety via the crossbar.
Wolves did eventually get the goal their performance deserved – João Moutinho was first to the loose ball on the edge of the area and he slammed home to the delight of the 3000 strong travelling Wolves faithful. Victory aligned with a clean sheet now means it’s 294 minutes since Wolves conceded a PL goal.
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