|Joao Moutinho celebrates after pouncing on a lose ball to hand Wolves a shock victory at Old Trafford on Monday night. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)
Wolves beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night football, upsetting the odds and handing Ralph Rangnick his first defeat as United manager.
It was a tepid performance and against the convenient
wishes of many Manchester United fans, Phil Jones was their best player on the
night, he was making his first appearance for the club in well over two years,
he was the only good thing about United on the night.
Rangnick named a surprise eleven in his usual 4-2-2-2
formation, leaving out Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes and handing a start
to Jones for the first time in 708 days, Harry Maguire was missing and
Cristiano Ronaldo was handed the armband.
Wolves came to town with a plan, to stay resolute and
compact, Bruno Lage and co stuck to that plan and they never for once looked
like they’d lose the game as they had the best chances in the opening exchanges.
With Arsenal losing to City on Saturday, United needed a
win to close the gap on fourth place albeit with a game in hand but they huffed
and puffed to a defeat as Joao Moutinho scored with winner with just eight
minutes on the clock.
"We didn't play well at all individually or
collectively. In the first half, we had big problems to keep them away from our
goal," he told Sky Sports after the match. "We didn't press at all.
We tried but we were not able to get into those pressing situations. They had
an overload in midfield and they played via their wing-backs.
"We've been only working two and a half or three
weeks after needing to close the training center. We had the results. In times
we played well but today we have to admit they're better than us."
United stay in 7th after the game while Wolves
moved up to 8th, just three points shy of Manchester United with
their eyes firmly on a possible top four push, they can dare to dream after a
very strong showing at Old Trafford.