During most of the season-opening match held at Old Trafford, Wolves managed to make Manchester United reflect deeply on their performance. Wolves successfully stifled Manchester United’s offensive efforts while also creating their own scoring opportunities through quick counterattacks.
However, the visiting team couldn’t capitalize on their chances to make Manchester United suffer for their difficulties. In a familiar storyline, they would eventually regret these missed opportunities. In a sudden and impactful moment, Raphael Varane completely turned around Manchester United’s fate by scoring the sole goal of the game in the 76th minute. This goal led Manchester United to a tense but well-earned 1-0 victory, allowing them to secure all three points at the beginning of the season.
Matheus Cunha repeatedly exploited the vulnerabilities in Manchester United’s midfield, consistently pushing forward during transitions. Yet, he also had the most significant missed opportunity of the game, which was one of at least three occasions where Wolves should have scored.
In reality, Manchester United should have faced consequences towards the end of the game, but they were spared due to a glaring refereeing mistake by Simon Hooper and the VAR team. They chose not to grant Wolves a penalty during the added time.
Ultimately, the manager of Manchester United, Erik ten Hag, can find relief in knowing that his team narrowly secured all three points. However, it’s evident that he has substantial work ahead if they aim to contend for the Premier League title this season.
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