Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Wolves 0-1 Manchester United: Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, English Premier League 31 Aug 2021

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It was scrappy and it featured some nice moments for both sides but in the end, it was Manchester United who managed to come out on top with a narrow win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday afternoon. The hosts actually controlled the game for long spells at Molineux but in the blink of an eye, Mason Greenwood proved why he’s one of the most effective finishers in the league by scoring the goal that gave the Red Devils all three points – and perhaps undeservedly so, in the eyes of many.

Midfield problems for United

Paul Pogba had a few nice moments in this one but alongside Fred, it’s pretty difficult for anyone to come out looking good. The sad fact of the matter for United fans is that Fred simply isn’t good enough to feature in this midfield and it’s becoming increasingly obvious that it’s a huge weak spot for Manchester United Football Club right now. Sure, they’ve made a few bright signings, but if they can’t get things sorted in the middle of the park before the deadline hits then there’s a good chance they’ll be left in the dust in this title race.

Same old story for Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers have now played three Premier League games under the guidance of Bruno Lage and in all three, you could make the argument that they were the better side. Unfortunately that doesn’t mean a whole lot given that they’ve come away with no points and three 1-0 defeats, but there are positive signs for the club moving forward. The next big step is going to be improving their finishing because once they get back from the international break, they’ll be expected to hit the ground running in order to start pushing away from the bottom three.

Ronaldo still to come

United looked okay defensively and poor in midfield but their attacking options are still far too promising for this squad to be seen as anything other than promising. Plus, in case you haven’t heard yet, they have an absolutely mammoth signing in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo to look forward to in the next few weeks with the Portuguese sensation looking set to return to the club after more than 10 years away. They aren’t always going to make things easy for themselves this season, but they’re certainly going to be a lot of fun to watch in the top flight.


Harry Kettle

Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.



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