The Premier League weekend had already plenty of emotions, as we reported, with VAR having influence into taking City two points from the Spurs game. Their neighbors, Manchester United, had to wait until this Monday to play their fixture, against Wolverhampton, and the result was the same: but they can’t blame any other than themselves.
After getting a 4×0 win on Thursday over Pyunik, in Europa League, that gave them a ticket to the competition’s playoff, Wolves had another game at home, this time against the Red Devils. A tough one for Nuno Espirito Santo, but once again the Portuguese coach proved his Robin Hood status and the ‘wolfpack’ stole two points from United.
Manchester United, who stormed past Chelsea last weekend, had an opportunity to get in the lead of the Premier League, alongside Liverpool and Arsenal. They were quite hopeful of doing so, after Anthony Martial opened the scoreline at the 28 minutes, with fine finishing, after a Rashford pass.
The game marked Daniel James debut as a starter for the Reds, but the youngster did not have the best performance, getting booked early in the game with a yellow card. Worst was that the booking came from an unnecessary dive when the 24-year-old was close to Joao Moutinho.
Another ‘worldie’ by Neves
United went for halftime on the lead but the game was far from settled. With 10 minutes into the second half, Wolves got a corner and they played a quick passing outside the box, with Moutinho assisting Ruben Neves for an incredible curled effort into the top corner. De Gea tried to reach it, but Neves, who is quite used to score bangers, made it impossible for the Spanish keeper.
This was the 13th goal of Neves for Wolves in 87 appearances, with more than half of his goals coming from shots outside the box. An incredible stat for one of the most prolific midfielders in the Premier League table, especially outside the top 6.
Late penalty drama favors the hosts
Anyway, the game was far from over and a couple of minutes later would be another Portuguese man to become the protagonist. Paul Pogba tripped over Ryan Bennett and the Frenchman stepped into the penalty spot to take the kick. Wolves keeper and Portugal number 1, Rui Patricio, guessed the side and blocked the shot.
There was still enough time for Pedro Neto’s debut in Premier League, a youngster brought from Lazio by Wolves this Summer. However, for Manchester United, it was another frustrating evening at the Moulinex, where they weren’t also able to win last season.
The next game of the Red Devils in the Premier League schedule is Saturday when they host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, Wolves play at home again, receiving Burnley on Sunday, and seeking for their first 3 points this season.
Wolves will also play on Thursday for Europa League, in the first leg of the playoff, against Serie A table side Torino FC.