In their inaugural Premier League match of the season, Manchester United secured a 1-0 victory over Wolves, with the decisive factor being Raphael Varane’s well-timed header.
Varane’s crucial header materialized a little over 10 minutes prior to the final whistle, likely instilling a sense of relief within Erik ten Hag and his team after a strenuous performance.
Indeed, the outcome could have taken a divergent path had Wolves capitalized on their chances; their inability to convert opportunities eventually proved to be their undoing.
The match witnessed a significant turning point when, just over 10 minutes into the game, Marcus Rashford had the first genuine scoring opportunity of the evening. Unfortunately, his attempt from within the penalty area was thwarted by a save from Jose Sa.
Wolves retaliated with a swift and determined charge led by Matheus Cunha. The Brazilian expertly navigated past two opponents, embarking on a 70-yard sprint before delivering a precise pass to Pablo Sarabia on the left flank.
Unfortunately, Sarabia’s attempt was deflected wide after striking Raphael Varane’s leg.
An excellent opportunity arose for Wolves to take the lead in the 33rd minute. Cunha surged past Lisandro Martinez and latched onto a through ball, but his shot glided across Andre Onana and narrowly missed the far post.
Erik ten Hag expressed his dissatisfaction with Manchester United’s attacking line following their 1-0 triumph over Wolves.
Ten Hag made substitutions, bringing off Mason Mount and Alejandro Garnacho prior to Raphael Varane’s decisive 76th-minute goal. Antony was also replaced shortly after Varane headed in from Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross.
“Last week, we scored some incredible goals. This week, it’s the form of the day and we didn’t, but it will come.”
“We have to move with the ball and be compact. Once we are compact, we have to be aggressive and fight in the duels. Today, we lost some fights and the counter-attacks you allow.”
“But luckily we were defending the counter-attacks well and in Andre Onana we had some very good saves.”
Ten Hag provided a concise and less than convincing overview of debutant Mount’s performance: “He did his job, it was a moderate game, he did well.”