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Man Utd founded an important 1-0 win over Wolves on a day when Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane made their full Premier League debut.
Adama Traore triggered a surprisingly dominant first half for the home team in Molineux. The speedster turned out to be unplayable at times and especially gave Fred a terrible time with his penetrating runs through the lines.
Despite their pressure, Wolves again lacked a leading edge in the final third. Opposite to, Man udd created very few opportunities to showcase the deadly end of their attackers.
With the game in balance, David de Gea produced a truly spectacular double save to deny Romain Saiss from close range. It would turn out to be crucial moments later when Mason Greenwood fired a low attack between the arm and body of Jose Sa as Man Utd played out a heavily contested 1-0 win.
Jose Sa: Practically a spectator in the first half as Man Utd struggled to contain Wolves going forward. Present to palm off Pogba’s evil drive over the bar with 15 minutes left. Will have expected to do better with Greenwood’s goal with the ball twisting between his body and arm. 5/10
Max Kilman: Physical approach to Man Utd’s attackers helped keep them largely in check before the break. 6/10
Conor Coady: Marshalled the troops well in the central role as the three rear. 7/10
Romain Saiss: Powerful in the challenge and given less work to do with the majority of Man Utd’s attacks coming down from Shaw and Sancho’s side. Will not be able to believe how he did not score with back-to-back effort excellently saved by De Gea. 6/10
Nelson Semedo: Brave in attack and made Sancho spend more time on his own half than he would have liked. 7/10
Ruben Neves: Assisted Wolves assert their dominance with an all-action display alongside Moutinho in the first half. Man Utd’s ongoing interest in him does not look out of place given the contrasting performances between Neves and Fred. 7/10
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Joao Moutinho: Helped establish Wolves as the dominant side early on. Blazed over from a good position and unusually lacked quality on his killers. 6/10
Fernando Marcal: Contributed well to Wolves’ dominance down the left side with Traore. So confident on the ball and always available, though it could have been a touch more ambitious going forward in his role as wingback. 7/10
Francisco Trincao: Great run shortly after kick-off and should have punished Man Utd but saw his attack blocked on the line. Smart footwork and always a threat when in full flow. Scattered a glorious chance as the Wolves countered as his composition seemed to leave him. 7/10
Raul Jimenez: Great link-up play showed why he was such a big miss last season. Tam effort when he got the chance to test De Gea. 7/10
Adama Traore: Blistering pace showed up early as Man Utd struggled to keep him in full flow. Cannot be played when he stretches his legs and cannot be moved by the ball. Gave Wan-Bissaka and Fred in particular a terrible time. Will be a revelation if he can add end product to his game. 9/10 (Match man)
Adama Traoré completed more take-ons (7) than anyone else on the field combined in the first half (3).
So fun to watch. 😍 pic.twitter.com/tUL0Wc2usP
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Daniel Podence (To for Trincao, 70): 6/10
Morgan Gibbs-White (To Conor Coady, 87): Not applicable
Fabio Silva (To Traore, 87): Not applicable
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David de Gea: Really remarkable double save for denying Saiss a corner in the 68th minute. Especially the other had visions of the Spaniard when he was at his impenetrable best. 8/10
What a rescue! How did it not go in ?!
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 29, 2021
Aaron Wan-Bissaka: Critical goal alignment to prevent Trincao form from opening the scoring. Pulled on his shoulders and left on the grass field by Traore in a trademark with lung chest, though he will not be the last. 7/10
Raphael Varane: Rarely targeted by Traore, but handled the speedster well as it was tested one-v-one on a single occasion in the first half. Calm and composed in possession and already looks a cut beyond most midfielders in the league. You can count the mistakes he makes this season, on the one hand, judging by today’s performance. Was beaten in the air by Saiss for his double chance, but an otherwise fantastic excursion. Captured the assist for Greenwood’s goal. 8/10
Harry Maguire: Could not do much to prevent Wolves early attacks as his midfield in front was regularly exceeded. Strong when called in the air and ultimately helped stabilize the ship. 7/10
Luke Shaw: Sharp in the beginning and fast in the tackle. Always strived to give an attacking outlet, but had his hands full containing Trincao and the distressed Semedo. 7/10
Paul Pogba: Anonymous going forward in the first half and not doing enough defensively in the deeper role to stem Wolves’ pressure. Gave several chances to shine after the break and selected Fernandes with a divinely ceilinged ball. 6/10
Peace: No match for Traore’s piercing runs through the lines in the first half. Mis-controlled a pass into the Trincao pitch shortly after and could neither muscle out nor keep up with the Portuguese winger as he ran away on goal. A dirty afternoon all-round. 3/10
Daniel James: Could not influence what is likely to be a rare start. Did not lack energy and determination, but his contribution can only be described as minimal. Replaced by Cavani shortly after the break. 5/10
Bruno Fernandes: Had the ball in the net before half-time after being released by Pogba, but was rightly chalked off for offside. Spoke into a booking before a fantastic flick put Greenwood into an otherwise subdued first half. An increasingly influential figure after the interval, but not his best day. 7/10
NO GOAL ❌
Fernandes finishes well, but is offside.
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 29, 2021
Jadon Sancho: Almost affected at the wrong end when he gifted possession to Jimenez, who then fed Moutinho. Did not avoid his defensive responsibilities when Wolves were on top. Not the effect that many might have expected of the highly regarded Englishman and was duly replaced by Martial with the game still in balance. 5/10
Mason Greenwood: Hungry for supply in the first half until the last moments. Fired narrowly wide after a fantastic flick from Fernandes gave him a chance to stretch his legs. Changed wide after Cavani’s introduction, but again showed that he is lethal anywhere as he drives the decisive goal through Sa with 10 minutes left. 8/10
Edinson Cavani (To James, 52): 6/10
Anthony Martial (To Sancho, 72): 6/10
Diogo Dalot (To Greenwood, 90): Not applicable
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