In a late kickoff action in the West Midlands, the Red Devils were held behind by the Wolves to a stalemate. While United controlled most of the possession and game, it was a match that lacked the enigma of the previous week’s triumph for the Devils.
United went into the game with only one change from the side that faced Chelsea, with Dan James coming in for Andreas Pereira to get his full debut in a red jersey. Wolves, however, made no changes to the side that witnessed a goalless draw on the opening day against Leicester City.
Known to play on deadly counter-attacks and an off-possession game, Wolves failed to create any real chances in the first half, but were a much better team in the second. United, on the other hand, enjoyed good spells of possession and continued a high pressing game from the start.
At the mark of 27 minutes, Rashford and Lingard linked up well to set up Anthony Martial, who scored his 50th goal in all competitions for the Red Devils. From there, United’s gameplay showed confidence and motive.
The introduction of Adama Traore for the Wolves in the second half, stirred some problems for Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire. As the game opened up, 10 minutes into the first half, Wolves played a short corner to the top of the box, where the star man Ruben Neves, converted a stunning curler, leaving De Gea stretched, making it all square.
United were resilient and pushed to get back in the lead. A moment of brilliance by Paul Pogba, saw United earn a spot kick at the 68th minute. However, the Frenchman who stepped up to take the penalty, chose to go for power over precision, and saw his penalty saved by Rui Patricio, eventually losing the chance to climb to the top of the table for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s era.
In the final minutes, Ole brought on the experienced Juan Mata for Jesse Lingard, who seemed to struggle to create chances including a miss-kick inside the box in the second half. Mata was quick to get more control of the game and cancel Wolves’ talisman Joao Moutinho’s influence in a deep sitting midfield battle.
A draw at the Molineux concluded the fourth stalemate of the week in the premier league, seeing United drop to the 4th place, and the Wolves at the 13th.
Ole’s men have now failed to slay the wolf in four consecutive occasions. It is fair to say that the Red Devils did not look their best, compared to their opening day’s performance and would have to check for depth in the squad for answers.
Next up, United host Crystal Palace, who are yet to score in this campaign, while the Wolves look to lock horns with Shawn Dyche’s Burnley FC at the Molineux.