Manchester United – Wolverhampton Wanderers: ManU dominates possession, but are frustrated by solid Wolves (1-1)

Manchester United dominated possession and defended well against Wolverhampton Wanderers’ main threats, but struggled to create goal-scoring opportunities. Man United controlled the first half, but João Moutinho’s equalizer brought the game back to where United is uncomfortable. Wolves ended up close to stealing a win.

Manchester United reacted from two straight defeats with three away wins in a row, including a winning start in the Champions League against Swiss champions Young Boys (0-3), and looked to be back on track. Wolves arrived at Old Trafford in form managing to collect seven points from their last three games, as they drew 1-1 against Manchester City (H), and notched 1-0 wins against West Ham (A) and Burnley (H).

José Mourinho could not count on Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford, who where both serving suspensions. Marcos Rojo (knee) and Ander Herrera (ankle) continued to be sidelined by injuries. In addition, José Mourinho stated that promising Diogo Dalot shall only play when “totally fresh” during his adaptation, so Antonio Valencia returned to the starting eleven. As did Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sánchez, who were all rested in the Champions League fixture in Bern in midweek. Luke Shaw was picked ahead of Ashley Young, despite playing ninety minutes on Wednesday.

Nuno Espírito Santo had fewer problems, with only winger Ivan Cavaleiro still unavailable, and repeated the lineup that started every game so far this season.

Manchester United started in the usual 4-3-3 with Fellaini in the ‘Makelélé role’ as defensive anchor, with Paul Pogba and Fred ahead of him in . . .

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Sérgio Sampaio (30) is an amateur football analyst and author of the blog Segundo Volante (segundovolante.com). You can find him watching, and perhaps writing about, all kinds of football: more likely to watch an Europa League qualifier in the summer than friendlies, only to then complain about the quality of the game. He abandons reason when it comes to believing FC Famalicão will play European football in his lifetime. [ View all posts ]

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