Joao Moutinho of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring their side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford
Wolverhampton Wanderers long awaited return to Premier League action was worth the wait as they pulled off an historic 1-0 win at Old Trafford.
Joao Moutinho’s 82nd minute strike was enough to hand the Wanderers a well deserved three points following a dominant performance in Manchester.
Wolves started brightly, bossing possession in the opening stages and penning United in their own half for the majority of the first 20.
Nelson Semedo and Daniel Podence both forced smart saves from David De Gea and Ruben Neves was inches away from a goal of the season but for De Gea who was there again to superbly tip over the bar.
There was only one team that looked like scoring as Wolves continued to press. Podence was denied again by the Spaniard in the sticks before Raul Jimenez headed a golden chance wide following a mix-up in the United defence.
It was chance after chance in truth for the visitors and Bruno Lage would have been gutted that his side hadn’t gone in at the break with some sort of advantage.
You felt United would improve after the break and they did. Substitute Bruno Fernandes hit the bar from inside box before Cristiano Ronaldo had the ball in the back of the net but was denied by the offside flag.
But it was Wolves that remained the better side and they hit the bar themselves through a Romain Saiss free-kick.
And Lage’s men were rewarded for their efforts in the final 10 minutes as Moutinho struck from outside the box to send the away end delirious.
An historic win and no less than they deserved. The black and gold are up to eighth, three points behind United in the Premier League table.
Manchester United (4-2-2-2): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka (83’ Elanga), Varane, Jones, Shaw; Matic, McTominay; Sancho (75’ Rashford), Greenwood (59’ Fernandes); Cavani, Ronaldo
Unused subs: Henderson (GK), Lingard, Fred, Dalot, Telles, Van de Beek, Elanga
Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-4-3): Sa; Kilman, Saiss, Coady; Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Marcal; Trincao (65’ Traore), Jimenez (81’ Silva), Podence (87’ Dendoncker)
Unused subs: Ruddy (GK), Hoever, Ait-Nouri, Jordao, Cundle, Bueno
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