A crisis in defense forced the Red Devils into selecting Phil Jones and Varane at center back. His first appearance for 2 years. Cavani and Ronaldo started upfront as the striking options for United dwindled with the imminent departures of Lingard and Martial. Wolves also had covid and injury worries. Hwang their top scorer from South Korea missing but they have Jimenez who can cause problems to any defense. Wolves had the most shots at goal they have had all season with 19 in an impressive attacking display from Bruno Lage’s side. It was the Portuguese contingent who impressed the most. Ruben Neves was the boss of the midfield together with Moutinho. Podence was on fire throughout the match forcing Wan Bissaka on the backfoot for most of the first half. The Man United performance was so dire and lifeless one would think Wolves were playing against a relegation threatened side. No shots on target in the first half as Ronaldo and Cavani failed to combine with Sancho losing the ball way too often.

The goal for Moutinho came at a time United were looking for the winner having struck the post from sub Bruno Fernandes. It was Jones’s half clearance which was punished by Moutinho but in all honest Phil was strong and composed in defense all game. The showing here shows the clear disconnect between the coach and the players. It is taking time to get used to the famous gegenpress and 4-2-2-2 formation. I got to tell you some players are just not suited to that kind of soccer so Rangnick may have to make tough decisions. He has got to do what Pep did when he came at City, brutally cull some players who don’t suit his style and get those that do. There is no difference between the Ole performances and the Ralf ones and that should sound alarm bells ringing. Lastly , his continued snub of Donny Van De Beek is starting to feel like all the coaches are out to bury the Dutchman’s career. One needs to be fair in selection and reward those who are performing well. What big names have done in the past should not be a criteria for selecting one over the other. Defeat leaves United 7th 4 points adrift of fourth placed Arsenal, but with a game in hand.