Manchester United suffered their first defeat under interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
MANCHESTER – Manchester United suffered their first loss as interim coach Ralf Rangnick and suffered the score of 1-0 at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Monday.
An 82nd-minute goal by Joao Moutinho earned the Wolves their first victory in the Premier League at Old Trafford since 1980. It promoted Bruno Lage’s team to eighth in the table.
United that may have no complaints about the outcome after a disappointing performance sits in seventh place with 31 points, four points behind Arsenal, who are in 4th Champions League spot.
Wolves have created a string of chances during the first half. Still, it wasn’t until eight minutes later, the final whistle, that they finally proved their dominance.
Moutinho took advantage of a head clearance by Phil Jones and fired past David De Gea.
German Rangnick German Rangnick, who is the manager for United until the final game of the season, after being appointed by the dismissed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, saw an uncoordinated performance from his squad no sign of the high-energy style of pressing that he initially hoped to introduce.
“We didn’t play well at all individually or collectively. In the first half, we had big problems to keep them away from our goal,” declared Rangnick.
“The game showed we still have a lot of work to do. We had too many unforced errors. I don’t want to speak about the individual performances of players. It’s an issue for the whole team. It doesn’t make sense,” the coach said.
The injured Jones played his first Premier League appearance in almost two years, with Rangnick switching into the ex- England central defender in the absence of Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, and Eric Bailly.
The 29-year old had put on an excellent performance in his return before his poor-judged shot towards Moutinho that led to the goal.
Wolves could have easily had an advantage at half-time thanks to the outstanding Daniel Podence, Ruben Neves, and Nelson Semedo, bringing United goalkeeper De Gea into action early in the game.
United did not do much in the opening minutes of the half, which ended with Edinson Cavani firing his shot wide of the mark while he could have been inside Mason Greenwood.
Greenwood was the most imaginative soccer player at United. So there were some rare cheers from the crowd at home when Rangnick selected Greenwood to take over for the debut to Bruno Fernandes.
Fernandes ought to have scored to put United ahead after his side-footed ball across the box by Nemanja Matic to the crossbar.
Ronaldo got the ball in the net with the goal coming from the Fernandes cross. However, the shot was flagged offside.
Wolves were not content to relax. However, they did settle for an even draw. They could also find the woodwork after Romain Saiss struck his bar free-kick.
The visitors’ effort was paid off when Moutinho took control of the match by slamming his shot low through the defenseless De Gea and started an explosion of celebrations for the fans who traveled in fans.
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