Joao Moutinho’s late strike saw Wolves win their first league game at Old Trafford in almost 42 years, beating a disjointed Manchester United 1-0 in the Premier League.
Wolves’ last league victory at Old Trafford came in February 1980, and they should have been ahead at half-time. They registered 15 shots to Man Utd’s four in the first half – the first team to have more attempts than United at home since Liverpool in December 2018.
But Bruno Lage’s side had scored just one goal in their previous six Premier League games, so it was no surprise that the half ended goalless, despite early saves from David de Gea to keep Daniel Podence and Ruben Neves at bay.
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Man Utd were better after the break and the introduction of Bruno Fernandes improved them further. He struck the crossbar in United’s best chance, while Cristiano Ronaldo – who wore the captain’s armband in the absence of an injured Harry Maguire – had a goal correctly ruled out for offside.
Romain Saiss matched Fernandes’ effort as his free-kick also rattled the woodwork, but Wolves did make the breakthrough late on. Phil Jones was making his first senior appearance for United in two years, but his defensive header landed at the feet of Moutinho (82), who arrowed home past a rooted De Gea.
It was Ralf Rangnick’s first defeat as United interim manager, with the club missing the chance to put pressure on the teams above them in the race for the top four. Wolves leapfrog Brighton into eighth, just three points behind United in seventh place.
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Manchester United host Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday, January 10; kick-off at 7.55pm.
Wolves’ third-round game is at home to Championship side Sheffield United on Sunday; kick-off at 2pm.