Greenwood punishes wasteful Wolves

Manchester United continued their impressive away form by defeating Wolves 1-0 through a late Mason Greenwood goal. Wolves, who were the much better team missed a hatful of chances in the game, and were denied by David De Gea on numerous occasions as they succumbed to a third successive defeat.

Manchester United handed Raphael Varane his debut, while Jadon Sancho made his first start after making a couple of appearances off the bench. The visitors were put under immense pressure right from the start as De Gea was called into action in the 3rd minute to save an effort from Raul Jimenez off a counter attack.

Wan-Bissaka denied Wolves from taking the lead a couple of minutes later by clearing Trincao’s effort off the line, as Paul Pogba cleared the follow up by the Portuguese. Mason Greenwood almost opened the scoring for United in the final minutes of first half through his fierce left foot strike, only to see the effort go inches wide off the post after nicking of the goalkeeper’s glove.

Wolves were again the dangerous side in second half as they threatened United early on through Jimenez and Saiss. De Gea produced a brilliant double save to deny Saiss by repelling the downward header first, and then producing a point blank block to deny the follow up from the defender.

United however punished Wolves for their wastefulness in a controversial fashion in the 80th minute through Greenwood, who fired his low effort into the back of the net. Wolves players were not happy with the build up play to the goal as Pogba appeared to have fouled Ruben Neves in a 50-50 challenge. Although VAR reviewed the incident, they didn’t overturn the decision, much to the dismay of Wolves manager and players.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the defeat Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves expressed his disappointment on not being given a foul. He said “Everyone saw it, everyone saw my leg, we always do meetings and everything with referees about VAR, I don’t know why. They said before the season started they will look for contact – if the contact is strong enough, they will give the foul. I showed them my leg.”

I think maybe because last game it was a foul before the Southampton goal, maybe now they did the opposite. I showed my leg to the ref, I showed to the assistant ref, I cannot say anything more.”

After the game he said ‘you both go to the ball’ and I said ‘yes, we both go to win the ball but I was the one who touched the ball’. It’s a foul, a clear foul.

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