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Mason Greenwood scored a late goal to give Manchester United a 1-0 win in the Premier League at Wolves on Sunday and ensure the Red Devils set the record for unbeaten away games.
The teenager’s right foot finish decided a tight competition where the Wolves had looked more dangerous much of the first hour and David de Gea made an incredible save to keep the scoring level in the second half.
United, who gave first starts to Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, grew into the match after working early and eventually taking maximum points while making English football league history with a 28th league match without defeat on their travels.
It closed a memorable week for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men, who will bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club from Juventus in the coming days.
– Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 29, 2021
Adama Traore started despite speculation linking him to Tottenham, arranging Francisco Trincao for the best of the early chances, only for De Gea to save well with his feet.
Wolves looked deadly at the break and only a superb goal block from Aaron Wan-Bissaka stopped Trincao from rolling into the opening goal as Fred had not stopped his progress after blocking the ball in his path.
Bruno Fernandes fired the ball into the net from Paul Pogba’s ball over the top, but the offside flag was raised when United ended the half without a shot on goal.
They finally tested Jose Sa just before the hour mark, Fred’s volley stayed out after Fernandes had just failed to tip Greenwood.
United were all over when Greenwood lost the ball in attack, Traore rolled it to Trincao 12 yards out but he misunderstood his finish and could not even find the target. The United forerunner then set himself up for a race in the Wolves field with a brilliant touch, only for his control to fail him and let the hosts get off the hook.
After Traore forced another Wolves corner, De Gea made a remarkable double save to keep Romain Saiss’ header out and then stop the defender from smashing the rebound from point-blank distance.
It turned out to be a crucial moment. With 10 minutes left, Ruben Neves gave the ball away near his own box and Mike Dean waved free-kick complaints away, Varane fed Greenwood, and the teenager’s strike was too strong for Sa to endure.
What does it mean? Record for United, but a bit to impress Ronaldo
Outside fans held a cardboard cutout of Ronaldo high in the first half. There was little to suggest that the real United strikers on the pitch early posed a more threat to the goal.
Seven points from three games is a big improvement over the three they managed last season, but they got serious tests from Southampton and Wolves and rarely seemed to have control of both games.
The pressure is on Ronaldo to make a real difference when he returns.
Traore plagues United
Whether he will still be a Wolves player after the international break remains to be seen, but fans will certainly hope to see Traore in black and gold again.
He was a threat to United all the way through, creating more chances (four) than any other player on the pitch and driving the back line unscathed.
Sancho’s full debut was far from what he and United fans would have imagined.
The English winger spent 72 minutes on the pitch, during which time he did not have a shot or create a chance, while also losing all six of his controversial duels.
After the international break, United hope to have Ronaldo available for the home game with Newcastle United on 11 September. Wolves go to Watford the same day.