Man United steal 3 points from Wolves in stoppage time

Marcus Rashford’s deflected stoppage-time goal moved Manchester United second in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Wolves.

The game was heading for a dull goalless draw as Wolves frustrated United for 93 minutes, before Rashford’s left-footed effort came off Romain Saiss and wrongfooted Rui Patricio.

The best chance of the first half had fallen to Bruno Fernandes, but he could not turn home Mason Greenwood’s wicked cross at close range as Patricio saved, while David de Gea denied Saiss’ near-post flick at the other end.

United thought they had broken the deadlock with 20 minutes remaining when Edinson Cavani turned home a loose ball from a corner, but he was offside, and VAR’s review of a potential Conor Coady handball in the same action came back in favour of Wolves.

United were largely kept at bay by a youthful Wolves side, but Rashford grabbed the winner to move them to within two points of leaders Liverpool in the Premier League having won four from six just 21 days after crisis talk at Old Trafford following their Champions League exit. Wolves stay 12th, eight points off the top four.

But Wolves spotted it early enough and restricted United to central areas in a largely listless first half. United did have the best chance as Greenwood’s brilliant delivery from the right found Fernandes, but he couldn’t get proper connection with his close-range volley, which was blocked well by compatriot Rui Patricio.

Wolves looked to break constantly and had most of the first-half efforts – Saiss’ looping header hit the top of the bar, and the defender’s flick at the near post from a free-kick was also well beaten away by De Gea – but the first half ended goalless as the visitors frustrated a United side lacking in urgency.

United brought on Luke Shaw at half-time to replace Alex Telles, the ninth half-time substitute from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, but the second half followed a similar trend.

The hosts had the ball in the net as Cavani turned home at close range as the ball fell to him kindly from a corner, but he was offside, and VAR also refused to budge on a handball call on Coady in the same passage of play.

United’s second shot on target of the game came in the 75th minute as Pogba’s long-range effort stung the hands of Rui Patricio, before Rashford’s low effort from 10 yards was blocked superbly at the last by Saiss.

It was Wolves’ youngest Premier League starting XI since April 2012, and they played with enough maturity to earn a point, but Nuno’s side were heartbroken in stoppage time.

Rashford cut onto his left foot from just inside the box, and saw his effort ricochet off man-of-the-match Saiss and into the bottom right corner for his eighth Premier League goal of the season, and the three points.

It wasn’t United’s prettiest show – far from it – and a far cry from their last outing at Old Trafford against Leeds, but Solskjaer’s side showed they can win while underperforming.

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