Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester United Match Analysis

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Two days after a disappointing game at Old Trafford, Manchester United returned to Premier League action on a rainy night. Molineux Stadium was in good condition and the game was attended by  31,302 spectators and millions watching from around the world. Unlike the Watford game, United were very much decent although we were punished for mistakes we never seem to learn from. Manchester United went into the game 17 points ahead of Wolves, a gap that has since been reduced to 14. The result means United haven't beaten Wolves this entire season. We drew 1-1 at Old Trafford then lost 2-1 in the FA Cup and lost again in the league.

First Half
We started the game on a high gear. For those who watched the Watford game, you could clearly see an upgrade in the game. We pressed Wolves for close to 20 minutes and if anyone could say at that point that United could lose, they wouldn't be taken seriously. 
As early as the 1st minute, Jesse Lingard had a chance which went off target. 5 minutes later, we drove forward and had a chance with Lukaku though his short was saved. Manchester United kept controlling the game and as early as the 13th minute,  our breakthrough came through a shot from McTominay that entered the net via the far post. United looked deadly and McTominay was denied another goal due to poor communication from Lukaku. A few seconds later, Lingard had a chance which he headed lightly directly to the goalkeeper. The game continued in our favour until Wolves capitalised on a Fred mistake to equalise in the 25th minute. After that, the United players lost their cool head and started playing panicky football and lost possession often. One person worth mentioning is Ashley Young who lost possession almost every time he got the ball. Luke Shaw received a yellow card, that makes it his tenth, meaning he misses our next two league games. Maybe that could be a chance for Rojo or Darmian depending on who is fit.

Second Half
Manchester United started on the high again. They looked refreshed after the break and carried on with good play. Wolves opted to play at the back and occasionally attack on the counter. Our defence remained solid and easily defended their counter attack. Hell broke lose in the 57th minute when our skipper of the day received a second yellow card, 5 minutes after receiving the first one. After this, United were going to suffer given they were one man less on the pitch. Ole Gunnar made a quick sub as Jones came on for Fred. We kept the back three that looked pretty solid andWolves kept defending and Manchester United saw most of the ball in the second half. The game looked to be heading for a 1-1 draw until Chris Smalling scored in the wrong end in the 77th minute. It was a goal that made clear our biggest problem this season, the defense. There was poor communication between Phil Jones, Smalling and De Gea and as a matter of fact, Jones assisted that goal. How pathetic.

Wolves defended well for the rest of the game and that's how it ended, 2-1.

Conclusion
It is worth mentioning that Mike Dean gave out a record 100th Red card in the game. The foul would be argued as not warranting a send off but it was reckless to say the least. The result puts our hopes for Champions League football in real jeopardy. We are now in a tight corner and need to win at least 5 of our next 6 matches. Luckily, 4 of them are at Old Trafford.
Next up, we host Barcelona. Prayers are needed.

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