London, England. AFP. A Manchester United dominance in all areas of the game was beaten at Old Trafford by Wolverhampton, inflicting a first loss to Germany’s Ralf Rangnick as Red Devils manager this Monday in the close of day 21 of the Premier League.
After this match, United remain in 7th place in the standings with 31 points, 22 points behind leaders Manchester City and four behind the Champions zone, which Arsenal closed for now.
A goal from veteran Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho in the 82nd minute gave Wolves victory, who have not lost at Old Trafford for 42 years.
“We didn’t play well at all, individually or collectively,” admitted the Germany coach, who has so far added 10 points from 12 possibilities.
“The game has shown that there is still a lot of work to be done, especially without the ball, although in the first half we also had some wrong deliveries in possession situations,” he analyzed.
An away win cannot be considered inappropriate considering the performance of both teams. In the 11th minute, Portugal’s Daniel Podence thought he had opened the scoring, but his shot miraculously diverted United’s Spain goalkeeper David de Gea into a corner.
International goalkeeper La Roja was decisive again in the 22nd minute, with another save from a half-volley from Ruben Neves.
The locals’ best chance came just before half-time, with Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani hitting the crossbar (43).
Cristiano Ronaldo, the team captain in Harry Maguire’s absence, barely received the ball, remembering his team-mates’ inability to read the tick.
– Decide Moutinho –
Bruno Fernandes’ introduction gave United a bit more bite and his shot hit the post after one hour of play (67).
Before leaving for the Africa Cup of Nations to play with Morocco, Romain Saïss hit back with a shot on the crossbar (75), before Moutinho decided the match with a low shot in the ‘gift’ of Phil Jones, who before losing to United centre-backs (Maguire, Lindelof, Bailly) played their first Premier League game in two years.
“It’s one more win. In an amazing stadium, with a lot of history, but the most important thing is how we played,” said ‘Wolves’ coach Bruno Lage.