Manchester United v Wolves: Match in pictures
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Manchester United suffered another miserable night in their dire 2021-22 campaign on Monday as they slumped to a 1-0 home defeat to Wolves. The Red Devils were largely outplayed by Bruno Lage’s side, and Joao Moutinho’s 82nd minute strike condemned Ralf Rangnick to his first defeat since taking charge at Old Trafford.
The pressure is already beginning to rise on the interim boss following a series of uninspiring displays in the last few weeks.
But it is United’s players who surely need to have a good long look at themselves after they put in yet another feeble performance in front of their adoring home crowd.
Following the full-time whistle, Wolves goalscorer Moutinho stuck the knife in with his comments to Sky Sports by suggesting United were forced to change their system at half-time to match the away side’s formation – showing just how far the 13-time Premier League champions have fallen in recent years.
“What I want is to help the team,” Moutinho said. “Winning here at Old Trafford against a big team is amazing for us.
“We came here to play football, play with the ball, that’s what we do. We created a lot of shots in the first half but didn’t score. They changed a little bit to three centre-backs like us. They played like us in the second half.
“But we controlled everything. We only let them create one opportunity when they hit the bar.”
Moutinho believes his side were fully worthy of the three points, and admitted he relished his dramatic late goal at such a historic stadium.
“We deserved it because of what we did over 90 minutes,” he added. “I hope we can continue with this performance.
“Phil Jones headed out the ball. I tried to see where it went. [After] my first touch I said I need to shoot. That’s what I need to do, to shoot more. A beautful goal.”
Where United go from here is anybody’s guess, but both fans and pundits were left far from impressed with the showing on Monday.
Gary Neville summed it up by tweeting: “It’s not good. It really isn’t!”
And celebrity Piers Morgan fan clearly does not have a high opinion of Rangnick, saying: “Ralph Rangnick really is a miracle worker – he’s made United even worse.
“They should have gone for Conte when they had the chance. Madness for a club this big to have such a small-time manager.”
United are next in action in the FA Cup on Monday January 10 when they take on Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.
And they then travel to the Midlands to face the same team in the Premier League the following Saturday.
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