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Wolves 1-2 Manchester United – Match Report & Player Ratings

Manchester United ended a positive season on a high note after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Molineux on Sunday. 

With one eye on Wednesday’s Europa League final, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded a youthful XI.

A host of fringe players including Donny van De Beek, Brandon Williams and Juan Mata were named in the starting line-up.

Anthony Elanga led the Red Devils’ line with the support of Amad Diallo and Daniel James on either flank.

It was a big day for Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo who will leave the club in the summer after spending four years.

Match Report

Elanga broke the deadlock in the 13th minute of the game.

Daniel James, who is often criticised for his final ball, played an exquisite cross down the left flank.

The teasing cross was headed perfectly by United’s teenager who scored his first-ever goal for the club in his second league start.

The home team brought the score to parity via Nelson Semedo’s composed finish in the 40th minute.

It looked like the teams would enter into the break with a 1-1 scoreline. However, Saiss fouled van de Beek inside the box just at the stroke of half-time.

The referee Mike Dean didn’t point to the spot straight away. 

VAR intervened and deemed the foul worthy enough to ask the referee to visit the pitchside monitor.

Without any hesitation, he awarded the penalty to the visitors. Juan Mata stepped up and fired the ball into the corner to hand the lead back to the Red Devils.

After the break, Nuno’s side piled more pressure on the young United team but they kept Wolves at bay.

Player Ratings

Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-4-1-2): Rui Patricio (5), Willy Bolly (5), Conor Coady (6), Romain Saiss (5), Nelson Semedo (8), Leander Dendoncker (5), Ruben Neves (6), Joao Moutinho (6), Rayan Ait-Nouri (7), Adama Traore (6), Fabio Silva (8).

Substitutes: Willian Jose (5), Morgan Gibbs-White (6), Fernando Marcal (late substitution).

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Dean Henderson (6), Brandon Williams (7), Axel Tuanzebe (7), Eric Bailly (6), Alex Telles (8), Nemanja Matic (6), Donny Van De Beek (8), Juan Mata (7), Amad Diallo (7), Daniel James (6), Anthony Elanga (7).

Substitutes: Hannibal Mejbri (6), Shola Shoretire (6), William Fish (late substitution).

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