Man United vs. Wolves result & highlights: Ronaldo captains team, but Red Devils are poor in loss

A stiff and sulky efficiency by Manchester United was in the end punished late as Joao Moutinho’s aim pushed a plucky Wolves to a well-known win at Old Trafford and piled strain on interim coach Ralf Rangnick.

Despite an unbeaten begin to his Premier League tenure with the Red Devils, Rangnick had acquired criticism for his staff’s complicated techniques and spotty performances. That was on full show as Rangnick left playmaker Bruno Fernandes on the bench and United was stagnant all through. 

Wolves completed the primary half with 15 complete pictures, probably the most for any visiting staff at Old Trafford ever in a primary half, regardless of Wolves’ well-known incapacity to attain. While it remained 0-0 at halftime, modifications have been required, and ultimately Rangnick modified formation and introduced on Fernandes with a half-hour to go, altering the texture of the sport and injecting some life into the house facet.


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Eventually, nevertheless, United would break as Moutinho collected a Phil Jones clearance and deposited it into the again of the online to verify Wolves’ first league win at Old Trafford since 1980. Rangnick may have loads to reply for, seeming to choose his personal techniques to those who match the gamers at his disposal.

“We did not play properly in any respect, neither individually nor collectively,” Rangnick mentioned postgame. “Today we’ve to confess they have been higher than us.”

“We did not press in any respect. We tried after 10-Quarter-hour, but we weren’t in a position to get into these urgent conditions,” Rangnick mentioned when requested about his trademark urgent recreation, additionally citing the problem created by Wolves’ 5 midfielders, which included two wingbacks.


“The recreation confirmed that we nonetheless have numerous work to do and we nonetheless should take fairly a couple of steps each collectively and individually, particularly towards the ball. But additionally in the primary half, after we have been in possession of the ball, we had once more too many unforced errors, too many giveaways and in these components of the sport we simply have to get higher.”

Man United vs. Wolves ultimate rating

Man United

WOL — Joao Moutinho — 82nd min.

(All occasions Eastern)

Final: Manchester United 0, Wolves 1

Bruno Fernandes injected some life into the match, hitting the bar minutes after approaching and forcing a late save, but it is all for naught. United is punished for a depressing first half and adverse techniques general. It’s a typical Wolves efficiency, good worth for his or her defending and simply sufficient up entrance. Rangnick will want to consider discovering a approach in for Fernandes and Sancho, with out forcing a sq. peg right into a spherical gap. A time of reckoning is coming for United.


1980 – Wolves have picked up their first away league win towards Manchester United since February 1980, ending a run of 10 visits to Old Trafford with no win (D3 L7). United. #MUNWOL

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2022

The Wolves midfield ran the present at the moment at Old Trafford, clearly with Moutinho’s aim but additionally the partnership between he and Neves. The Portuguese duo bossed it at Old Trafford, particularly in the primary half.

Bruno Lage should be probably the most under-radar supervisor who’s doing a superb job in the Premier League. Neves/Moutinho midfield partnership wasn’t working final season, Semedo appeared v over-priced, and many others. Lage getting the very best out of them, they appear like a really well-coached staff. #wwfc

— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) January 3, 2022

ninety fifth min.: With one final probability, United have a free kick simply outdoors the realm due to a excessive boot by Silva to the face of Phil Jones. Fernandes has taken the ball off Ronaldo, and his venemous free kick is saved expertly by ‘keeper Jose Sa. The ultimate whistle blows straight after.

88th min.: United has had little response because the aim. Traore lower down by Shaw, who’s nonetheless going in onerous regardless of being on a yellow.

Wolves withdraw Daniel Podence for Leander Dendoncker seeking to shut up store. Podence was vigorous and defended properly too. Solid efficiency.

United gamers, in the event you’re gonna go away Ole Gunnar Solskjaer actually shedding tears in an interview, you most likely want to point out slightly bit greater than this as soon as you’ve got satisfied everybody he was the issue

— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) January 3, 2022

82nd min.: GOAL! Wolves! Adama Traore lower in a cross, and whereas Jones clears initially, Joao Moutinho controls on the high of the field and delivers a low strike by way of Scott McTominay’s wickets and into the again of the online. Wolves are minutes away from a deserved victory at Old Trafford.

81st min.: Raul Jimenez very slowly walks off, changed by Fabio Silva. Understandably, no urgency from the Mexican worldwide.

77th min.: Jadon Sancho now makes approach as Ralf Rangnick brings on Marcus Rashford. Sancho was invisible all match, though he is not precisely been given the liberty to be his most harmful self on the pitch. He was caught in a real winger position in the inflexible 4-4-2 earlier than being moved to wingback.

seventy fifth min.: Adama Traore slices up the United midfield on the counter, and Nemanja Matic has to soak up a yellow card to cease the possibility, chopping Traore proper earlier than he enters the penalty space. The free kick is a vicious one from Romain Saiss but it is hammered off the bar. It’s Wolves’ first assault in some time.

Old Trafford is having fun with Manchester United’s newfound spark, but they are not terribly artistic about it.

“Attack, assault, assault assault assault” needs to be the worst chant sung by any Premier League fanbase

— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) January 3, 2022

69th min.: And Ronaldo places one other effort huge, on a breakaway probability due to a beautiful Fernandes supply. Ronaldo shows his give up cobra, borne of frustration. A thriller why Bruno Fernandes was dropped from the beginning lineup for this match, United has awoken as soon as he arrived.

Now they earn a nook, their first of the match. The crowd applauds, perhaps in real appreciation, but most likely with a contact of sarcasm.

Almost like Man Utd are a greater staff with Bruno Fernandes on the pitch…

— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) January 3, 2022

68th min.: Now Ronaldo has the ball in the again of the online, heading in off a free kick supply, but he is very offside and the flag confirms his infraction. United could also be lastly taking management.

67th min.: WAKE UP EVERYONE! WE HAVE A BIG CHANCE! In the primary true check of the nets, Bruno Fernandes clatters a shot off the crossbar. Truthfully, it must be 1-0. It got here off a wonderful lower cross from close to the nook flag by Matic, and Fernandes is on their lonesome by the penalty spot. He whips his foot at it one-time, and it must be in the again of the online.

sixty fifth min.: As Wolves proceed to take their eighth nook of the match to Man United’s zero, Old Trafford hears these terrifying 4 phrases: “Adama Traore approaching.” He replaces Trincao who was very vigorous. Man United defender Luke Shaw is on a yellow. Look out.

Adama Traore approaching for Wolves. He may make this an (much more) uncomfortable ultimate 25 minutes for #MUFC

— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) January 3, 2022

sixtieth min.: Bruno Fernandes comes on, changing Mason Greenwood, which is not a preferred transfer round Old Trafford, but it seems the teenager could have taken a knock simply earlier than the substitution. 

It’s not very clear what the tactical setup is correct now. Hard to inform if the gamers know both, as Ronaldo is gesturing dramatically at left wingback Jadon Sancho whereas the ball goes out for a throw.

Ralf Rangnick has determined to deliver off Mason Greenwood, who has been Man Utd’s greatest attacking participant. The Old Trafford crowd booed his resolution.

Bruno is on in his place. #MUNWOL


— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) January 3, 2022

57th min.: Luke Shaw booked for barging over Trincao, and he’ll miss the subsequent match as a result of yellow card accumulation.

Looks like Bruno Fernandes will come on. Still unsure the place he performs in the 3-4-3, but we’ll see.

fifty fifth min.: Aaron Wan-Bissaka mis-hits a cross, embarrassingly. Down the opposite finish, Max Kilman appears to be like to point out his opposing fullback the way it’s finished with a cost ahead, but he slips and loses the ball, embarrassingly.

A microcosm of this recreation.

forty ninth min.: Scott McTominay booked for completely barging over Daniel Podence. Clear yellow, no arguing that.

United seems to have modified up the system, fortunately. It’s a giant change, to a 3-4-3. Cavani and Greenwood supporting Ronaldo in the center. At the again, it is Varane, Jones, and Shaw at central defender with Wan-Bissaka and Sancho at wingback.

Wow. Big system change second half for Ragnick and Man Utd in this second half. 3-4-3. #MANWOL

— Robbie Mustoe (@robbiemustoe) January 3, 2022

forty sixth min.: The second half is underway, no substitutions for both facet. Jadon Sancho has the primary probability of the second half, but as an alternative of taking it himself, he appears to be like to pick Ronaldo and it fails. The commentary crew urges Sancho to be extra egocentric. Can’t think about Ronaldo would really feel the identical.

Halftime: Manchester United 0, Wolves 0

First half xG: 0.21 – 0.74. What a putrid 45 minutes.

For Wolves — clearly the higher facet over the half — the failures in the attacking third have Bruno Lage visibly annoyed on the touchline. They’ve finished fairly properly to carry possession, recycle, and construct into the ultimate third, but there all of it falls aside.

For United, the Ralf Rangnick 4-4-2 simply just isn’t working. The Red Devils can not preserve any semblance of extended attacking possession, they are horrible in the build-up, and the 2 strikers up entrance are utterly remoted. Bruno Fernandes has no spot in this antiquated formation, and Jadon Sancho is caught in a job he is not made to play, unable to contribute.

It’s time for Rangnick to mildew his techniques to the gamers he has out there, not the opposite approach round.

15 – Wolves had 15 pictures towards Man Utd in the primary half – it is probably the most on report (since 2003-04) a visiting staff has had at Old Trafford in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier League recreation. Knocking. #MUNWOL

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2022

Manchester United: slower than an episode of Call The Midwife.

— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 3, 2022

forty fourth min.: An absolute snoozer of a primary half mercifully ending quickly. United shedding the ball, Wolves recycling possession, Wolves construct up, Wolves fail in ultimate third, United acquire ball, United midfield giveaway. Rinse, repeat.

Trincao, who has been vibrant, comes near assembly a cross but it is simply out of his attain.

Wolves construction so good. Multiple choices for participant in possession. Always a sensible outlet but it may be predictable. Can see why they wrestle to attain regardless of intelligent method play

— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) January 3, 2022

thirty fifth min.: It’s the very best probability of the match, but a wide-open Raul Jimenez misses a header on the doorstep. He was properly offside in any case, so regardless of the miss, the flag goes up. Wolves very shut.

The probability, hilariously, began with Ronaldo inexplicably making an attempt to go it again to De Gea, but as an alternative giving it proper to Wolves in the attacking third. De Gea, rightly so, lights up Ronaldo for making an attempt that.

That Ronaldo header the inevitable confusion that comes with him taking part in towards Portugal

— Kieran Canning (@KieranCanning) January 3, 2022

thirty fourth min.: Phil Jones snatches again possession in the attacking third and the gang goes bonkers. The probability involves nothing as Greenwood tries to meander by way of the timber in the penalty space.

The crowd’s response speaks as a lot to how bland this recreation has been because it does their affection for the defender.

Phil Jones whipping the gang up.

— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 3, 2022

twenty ninth min.: Wolves once more kill about 10 minutes with gradual and sleepy possession earlier than United pops up once more, by way of the identical assault as final, and with the identical result, as a Wan-Bissaka cross goes over the pinnacle of a rising Ronaldo.

An issue for Wolves right here as Ruben Neves is down for therapy, appears to be like like McTominay caught him barely. He’s an important participant.

🐺 Wolves ranked twentieth for pictures in the Premier League this season previous to tonight, with 9.9 per recreation

🤪 Wolves have had 10 in the primary 27 minutes towards Manchester United tonight #WOLMUN

— (@WhoScored) January 3, 2022

twentieth min.: Old Trafford begins to really feel the strain, and the followers come to life. The staff instantly responds and produces its first assault by way of, of all folks, Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The defensive-minded proper again whips in a cross, and Cristiano Ronaldo rises very excessive in an try to satisfy it, but the ball sails simply over his head.

seventeenth min.: If we’re being sincere, it looks like Man United has but to point out up. Wolves have taken seven pictures to United’s one, though a lot of the guests’ efforts have been from properly outdoors the field. They solely have a mixed 0.22 xG for these seven rips. United has wasted possession after possession.

Nelson Semedo takes shot quantity eight for Wolves, forcing one other De Gea save from a good angle on the precise.

twelfth min.: Daniel Podence forces a save from David de Gea from a good angle, but the Spaniard was well-positioned. The ensuing nook almost noticed Ruben Neves unleash a Kovacic-like volley from miles away, but once more De Gea was there to maintain it out.

Premier League volley problem

— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) January 3, 2022

eighth min.: An completely outlandish go from Mason Greenwood springs a break for Manchester United, but it involves nothing. Take nothing away from the go, which noticed Greenwood — pinned in close to the highest nook of his personal field and dealing with his personal internet — whip his physique round and ship a 40-yard feed to spring Jadon Sancho on the other flank. My goodness.

That is sensational from Greenwood. Strength, imaginative and prescient, execution.

Sancho ought to do a lot better. #MUFC

— Laurie Whitwell (@lauriewhitwell) January 3, 2022

fifth min.: Wolves have had the brighter begin early on, holding 70 % possession in the opening 5 minutes. A couple of warning indicators for United from the get-go, and a nook to Wolves.

1st min.: We’re underway at Old Trafford, with an enormous applause for Phil Jones in his return. The 29-year-old is a massively well-liked participant not simply amongst Man United followers, but round England.

Phil Jones receives virtually a standing ovation for heading the ball away. #MUFC

— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) January 3, 2022

12:20 p.m.: Hammer the beneath

📊 Wolves have the 2nd greatest defensive report in PL this season, but are additionally 2nd lowest scorers. They haven’t conceded a 1st half PL aim for over 3 months (11 video games)

Their final 7 PL fixtures have had 4 objectives scored (2 x 1-0 wins, 2 x 1-0 defeats & 3 x 0-0 attracts)

— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) January 3, 2022

12:15 p.m.: Can Cristiano Ronaldo be the chief United wants?

Cristiano Ronaldo captains Manchester United for less than the second time in historical past tonight and for the primary time since March 19, 2008. ©

— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) January 3, 2022

11:55 a.m.: Lineups are in, confirming Phil Jones will get his first league begin in two years. The supervisor sang his praises, as did the media.

712 – Phil Jones is taking part in his first Premier League recreation for Man Utd since January 2020 – 712 days in the past. It’s the longest hole any participant who hasn’t left the membership (incl. mortgage spells) has had between apps for the Red Devils in the competitors. Return. #MUNWOL

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2022

Rangnick to MUTV on beginning Jones: “He was extraordinarily skilled on a regular basis even when he wasn’t in the squad. We knew since final evening our different two centre backs that performed towards Burnley have been out, so for me it was the logical selection”

— Charlotte Duncker (@CharDuncker) January 3, 2022

Good luck to Phil Jones at the moment. Regardless what anybody could make of his high quality, a horrible few years by way of damage and clearly been a mighty battle for him to get better to the purpose he’s in a position to begin a Premier League recreation once more.

— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) January 3, 2022

Man United vs. Wolves lineups

Man United supervisor Ralf Rangnick has taken the daring step of dropping Bruno Fernandes , who missed the final match as a result of suspension, but solely returns to the bench. There appears to be no place for the pure No. 10 in Rangnick’s inflexible 4-4-2 formation.

The match can also be the primary begin for Phil Jones since 2020, with Harry Maguire lacking as a result of damage.

Man United beginning lineup (4-4-2): De Gea (GK) — Shaw, Jones, Varane, Wan-Bissaka — Greenwood, Matic, McTominay, Sancho — Ronaldo, Cavani.

Man United subs (9):  Henderson (GK), Telles, Dalot, Elanga, Van de Beek, Fred, Lingard, Fernandes, Rashford.

Bruno Lage makes solely two modifications from the draw with Chelsea, as Francisco Trincao and Nelson Semedo come into the facet. 

Wolves beginning lineup (4-4-2): Jose Sa (GK) — Kilman, Coady, Saiss — Marcal, Neves, Moutinho, Trincao, Semedo — Jimenez, Podence.

Wolves subs (9):  Ruddy (GK), Hoever, Alt-Nouri, Jordao, Silva, Dendoncker, Traore, Cundle, Bueno.

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How to look at Man United vs. Wolves

  • Date: Monday, Jan. 3
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: USA Network
  • Spanish-language TV: Universo
  • Streaming: fuboTV, (authenticated customers)

The match from Old Trafford might be broadcast on USA Network (English) and Universo (Spanish) and each channels may be streamed on fuboTV , which is obtainable to new customers on a free 7-day trial .

Subscribers to cable, satellite tv for pc or telco packages may also watch on with authentication.

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Man United vs. Wolves betting traces & odds

Odds courtesy of DraftKings

  • Moneyline : Man United -150 / Draw +950 / Wolves +450
  • Spread : Man United -0.5 (-150) / Wolves +0.5 (+130)
  • O/U 2.5 complete objectives : Over +120 / Under -145
  • Both groups to attain : Yes +105 / No -135

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