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Wolves 2-1 Manchester United: Hosts fight back from a goal down to win

Diogo Jota
Diogo Jota has had a hand in nine goals in his last seven Premier League games at Molineux (six goals, three assists), having failed to score or assist a single goal in his first six at the ground

Manchester United missed the chance to move third in the Premier League as they threw away a lead, had a man sent off and lost at Wolves.

Scott McTominay's low strike from 22 yards - his first goal for United - put them ahead after 13 minutes but the hosts equalised 12 minutes later as Diogo Jota coolly finished from a Raul Jimenez pass.

The visitors had captain Ashley Young sent off in the 57th minute for two yellow-card offences after he twice fouled Jota in a five-minute spell.

Wolves took advantage as they scored a scrappy second goal when David de Gea failed to collect the ball and it ricocheted off United defender Chris Smalling and into the net to give the hosts the win.

The defeat was the first under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he was given the United manager's job on a full-time basis and left them fifth in the Premier League.

United are level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham and two points behind Arsenal in third, but have now played a game more than both London clubs.

United throw it away

Wolves beat United 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on 16 March, but Solskjaer will be wondering how they managed to throw away three points here.

The visitors nearly scored within 30 seconds of the start as Jesse Lingard immediately ran at the Wolves defence and was denied by Rui Patricio.

The Wolves goalkeeper also did well to keep out Romelu Lukaku's close-range header, but was powerless to stop McTominay's fine strike, although the goalkeeper then did make an excellent save to deny Lingard.

Scott McTominay
Scott McTominay's goal was his first for Manchester United, in his 41st appearance

United's lead was well-deserved, but from then on they self-destructed.

Wolves' equaliser came after Fred was caught in possession 30 yards from his own goal after a pass out from De Gea, before Young was sent off for a reckless sliding challenge when he was already on a booking, catching Jota halfway up his shin.

Solskjaer will also be furious with Wolves' winning goal as there seemed to be little danger when Jimenez challenged Phil Jones for a header, but De Gea could not collect the ball cleanly, with it then bouncing off Smalling and creeping over the line.

Race for the Premier League top four
ArsenalChelseaMan UtdTottenham
3 April Brighton (H)3 April Crystal Palace (H)
7 April Everton (A)8 April West Ham (H)
15 April Watford (A)14 April Liverpool (A)13 April West Ham (H)13 April Huddersfield (H)
21 April Crystal Palace (H)22 April Burnley (H)21 April Everton (A)20 April Manchester City (A)
24 April Wolves (A)24 April Man City (H)23 April Brighton (H)
29 April Leicester (A)28 April Man Utd (A)28 April Chelsea (H)27 April West Ham (H)
4 May Brighton (H)4 May Watford (H)4 May Huddersfield (A)4 May Bournemouth (A)
12 May Burnley (A)12 May Leicester (A)12 May Cardiff (H)12 May Everton (H)

Wolves' excellent season continues

For Wolves, it was another excellent result in a wonderful season for them as they close in on their best league finish since coming sixth in 1979-80 and also have an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to against Watford at Wembley on Sunday.

After going behind to McTominay's goal, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo will be delighted with how his side responded as they enjoyed a bright spell midway through the first half with Jimenez shooting wide before he linked up well with the impressive Jota, who made it 1-1.

Patricio kept Wolves in it with another fine save early in the second half, keeping out a McTominay header after Paul Pogba had glanced on Lukaku's cross, before Nuno's side, who only had two shots on goal, scored their second in the 77th minute - albeit with a touch of fortune.

Wolves nearly added a third in injury-time when Ivan Cavaleiro out-paced Victor Lindelof, but saw his well-struck effort bounce off the crossbar.

The win keeps Wolves in seventh place in their first season back in the top flight after winning the Championship in 2017-18.

Only two sides in the past eight years have finished in the top 10 in their first season since winning promotion to the Premier League - West Ham (10th in 2012-13) and Newcastle (10th in 2017-18).

Wolves are also aiming to become the first newly-promoted side to finish in the top eight since Reading finished eighth in 2005-06, while no newly-promoted team has finished higher than that since Ipswich Town came fifth in 2000-01.

Teams to finish in the top eight in the Premier League in their first seasons after winning promotion
SeasonTeamPosition
1992-93Blackburn Rovers4th
1993-94Newcastle United3rd
1994-95Nottingham Forest3rd
1999-00Sunderland7th
2000-01Ipswich Town5th
2006-07Reading8th

Man of the match - Raul Jimenez (Wolves)

Raul Jimenez
Wolves striker Raul Jimenez was involved in the build-up to both of his side's goals. A fine pass to Diogo Jota created the first and this header he won against Phil Jones led to the second

More Wolves success against a top-six side - the stats

  • Wolves have won more points against 'big six' sides in the Premier League this season than any of the other 14 teams in the competition (13 - won three, drew four, lost three).
  • Manchester United have failed to win home or away against a promoted side in a single Premier League campaign for the first time since 2002-03 vs Man City.
  • United have lost consecutive away games against Wolves in all competitions for the first time since August 1980.
  • Following Ashley Young's dismissal, Mike Dean has now handed out 100 red cards in the Premier League, the most by a referee in the competition's history. Both of Young's red cards in the competition have been shown by Dean (January 2009 for Aston Villa versus Sunderland was the other).
  • United have had more goalscorers (excluding own-goals) than any other Premier League team this season (16).
  • Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in 19 Premier League goals this season (12 goals, 7 assists) - five more than any Wolves player has registered in a single season in the competition.

'An excellent performance' - what they said

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Wolves 2-1 Man Utd: Nuno Espirito Santo pleased to pick up 'very difficult' win

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo speaking to BBC's Match of the Day: "It was a good night, a good game of football.

"What more can you ask? We know it was very difficult. The extra effort the boys had to make and how they react to the first goal - I'm really pleased.

"I give credit to United for how they shaped themselves, it was difficult to recover the ball.

"Even after the red card it is always difficult against United. We created spaces and had more chances. If there's one thing I can complain about it is being more clinical.

"The preparation starts now for the [FA Cup] semi-final - we will rest and prepare for a difficult game. A fantastic challenge for us."

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Wolves 2-1 Man Utd: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pleased with display despite defeat

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaking to BBC's Match of the Day: "We played some fantastic stuff, first 20 minutes we should have been two or three up and I'm not exaggerating, but we didn't pounce on big moments in the game.

"Scott McTominay played really well tonight, he's been excellent. He gave us a goal threat, energy and legs - I'm very pleased with him.

"There were a couple of mistakes from us. We gave them that first goal, we have to be honest."

On Ashley Young's sending off: "When you're on a yellow and you go in you're always in danger of getting another one. He hit the ball but followed through and hit him. It's a yellow card.

"With 10 men it's hard but we had to keep the ball. We didn't want them to put pressure on us. They scored with their first chance after the sending off and you have to give them credit for that.

"I'm very disappointed with the result but pleased with the performance up until 75 minutes - it was an excellent performance from the boys."

What's next?

United need to quickly regroup as they play Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie at Old Trafford on 10 April.

They are next in league action on 13 April - at home against West Ham, but will be without Young and fellow defender Luke Shaw after his first-half booking was his 10th of the season, meaning he will serve a two-game domestic ban.

Wolves' next match is their FA Cup semi-final against Watford at Wembley on 7 April and they return to league action on 13 April, away at Southampton.

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 5Bennett
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2Doherty
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 8NevesSubstituted forSaïssat 84'minutes
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 29VinagreSubstituted forCastro Ottoat 76'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Jiménez
  • 18JotaSubstituted forCavaleiroat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Cavaleiro
  • 10Hélder Costa
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 21Ruddy
  • 27Saïss
  • 37Traoré

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 18YoungBooked at 57mins
  • 12Smalling
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 20DalotBooked at 42minsSubstituted forPereiraat 84'minutes
  • 39McTominay
  • 17FredSubstituted forJonesat 65'minutes
  • 6Pogba
  • 23ShawBooked at 38mins
  • 14Lingard
  • 9LukakuSubstituted forMartialat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Jones
  • 8Mata
  • 11Martial
  • 15Pereira
  • 16Rojo
  • 22Romero
  • 31Matic
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
31,302

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Manchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Manchester United 1.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ryan Bennett tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.

Offside, Manchester United. Jesse Lingard tries a through ball, but Paul Pogba is caught offside.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Leander Dendoncker.

Booking

Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Andreas Pereira (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez following a fast break.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Romain Saïss tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by David de Gea.

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Andreas Pereira replaces Diogo Dalot.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Romain Saïss replaces Rúben Neves.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Willy Boly.

Attempt blocked. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

Goal!

Own Goal by Chris Smalling, Manchester United. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Manchester United 1.

Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jonny replaces Rúben Vinagre.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Anthony Martial replaces Romelu Lukaku.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Diogo Jota.

Attempt missed. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Diogo Dalot with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

Attempt blocked. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

Attempt blocked. Luke Shaw (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Phil Jones (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Rúben Vinagre.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Phil Jones replaces Fred.

Attempt blocked. Luke Shaw (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Ashley Young (Manchester United) for a bad foul.

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Diogo Jota tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Pogba with a headed pass.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Rúben Vinagre is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool32247172195379
2Man City31252481216077
3Arsenal31196665392663
4Tottenham312011058342461
5Man Utd32187761431861
6Chelsea31186752341860
7Wolves32138114039147
8Watford32137124747046
9Leicester32135144243-144
10Everton32127134542343
11West Ham32126144148-742
12Bournemouth32115164358-1538
13Crystal Palace31106153841-336
14Newcastle3298153142-1135
15Brighton3096153243-1133
16Southampton3189143550-1533
17Burnley3296173759-2233
18Cardiff3184192859-3128
19Fulham3345243076-4617
20Huddersfield3235241859-4114
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