This crucial victory means Manchester United will be finishing this gameweek in the second spot. They are in 2nd position for the first time since the 17/18 season and only 2 points away from league leader Liverpool who will play against Newcastle United on Wednesday.
Paul Pogba started the game after he was on the bench for the big clash against Leicester City at the weekend and the talisman Bruno Fernandes also started the game who don’t want to take a rest in this busy period.
Manchester United now have 30 points in 15 games and the Wolverhampton Wanderers have 21 points in 16 Premier League games and they are sitting in 12th place in the league table.
Manchester United 1-0 Wolves Team News:
Manchester United manager Ole Gunner Solskjær made six changes from their weekend clash against Leicester and went with his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka came into the team after his injury problem for injured Victor Lindelöf. Alex Telles started the game and Luke Shaw was rested. Eric Bailly started back to back matches.
Paul Pogba were among the first team for this match alongside Nemanja Matic in midfield. Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani also came into the team for this important game. Anthony Martial started on the bench.
Wolverhampton’s Portuguese manager Nuno Espirito Santo went with his 3-5-2 formation and made 4 changes from the 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at Molineux Stadium.
Max Kilman started the game on the left side of the back three and Rayan Ait Nouri started on the left-wing-back in place of Fernando Marcal who picked up a knock in the last match.
Ki-Jana Hoever the Dutch youngster made his first Premier League start on the right-wing-back after his summer transfer from Liverpool. Young Portuguese midfielder Vitinha also made his first Premier League start who is on loan from Porto.
Pedro Neto and Adama Traore lead the line for Wolves, young Portuguese forward Fabio Silva started on the bench.
Manchester United 1-0 Wolves Match Analysis:
The Wolves had more shots on targets in the first half and looked much more threatening than Manchester United in the first 45 minutes.
Wolves tested three times David De Gea from outside the box in the opening 15 minutes of the game but none of them was enough to trouble him.
Manchester United had the first significant chance at the 26-minute mark, Cavani could not connect a great cross from the left with his head.
Wolves Moroccan defender Romain Saiss was a constant threat from the set-piece. Once his head from a Joao Moutinho free-kick hit the crossbar and on the other occasion his flick brilliantly save by De Gea.
Bruno Fernandes missed a glorious opportunity, a delicious cross from Greenwood could not guide it into the goal from a point-blank range. Rui Patricio made a terrific save.
Pedro Neto and Adama Traore put United defence in trouble with there pace in the first half and Eric Bailly did well and matched their pace pretty efficiently.
In the second half, the game didn’t reach its high standard. Wolves became tired as they had to play two matches in 48 hours and could not threaten Man United’s defence as they did in the first half.
Paul Pogba tried a great 30 yards long ranger with an excellent technic but Wolves’ goalkeeper saved it brilliantly.
Edinson Cavani put the ball into the net from a set-piece but it was choked off for offside.
Eventually, all awaited goal came on the 93rd-minute mark, a great long ball from Fernandes excellently controlled by Rashford and hit the ball with his weaker foot deflected into the goal of Romain Saiss.
Nemanja Matic(CDM) – (8/10)(Manchester United): He was excellent in front of the defence. Interception in midfield was very good and his distribution was good as well.
Romain Saiss(CB) – (7.5/10)(Wolverhampton): He was excellent defensively and was the biggest threat in the opposition box in set-pieces. But unlucky to concede the late goal of his deflection.
Mason Greenwood(RW) – (5/10)(Manchester United): Could not involve in the game and at the end, he was substituted for Anthony Martial in the second half.
Manchester United will face 5th placed Aston Villa at home on New Year’s day in Old Trafford and Wolves next match will be against Brighton & Hove Albion at American Express Community Stadium on 2nd January.
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