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Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers Live Commentary & Result, 29/12/2020, Premier League

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That’s all from us today folks, we hope you enjoyed the game!

Next up for United is a game against Aston Villa on New Year’s Day, meanwhile Wolves travel to Brighton on Saturday.

A late winner from Rashford secures all three points for United, which moves them up to second in the Premier League table. The result is tough on Wolves, who played well and defended brilliantly, but were undone by a 93rd minute deflected strike, which caught out Patricio and clinched a 1-0 victory.

90′ + 7′ FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 1-0 WOLVES

S. McTominay

Bruno Fernandes

90′ + 5′ United make a late change, with Fernandes the man coming off and he has been replaced by McTominay.

Manchester United

90′ + 3′ Fernandes spotted the run of Rashford in behind the Wolves defence who were a little slow to react to the danger.

Manchester United

90′ + 3′ GOOOAAALLL! Rashford makes it 1-0 late on! That is surely the winning goal. Fernandes plays a long ball over the top of the Wolves defence and Rashford is forced out wide, but he manages to find some space and fire a shot towards goal, which then takes a big deflection off Saiss and fools Patricio, flying into the back of the net.

90′ + 2′ Martial does well to get past a couple of Wolves defenders on the edge of the penalty area, before losing control and Saiss steps in and makes the clearance.

90′ There will be a minimum of five minutes added time played here at the end of the first half.

89′ United are pushing forward in search of a goal now, they are forcing Wolves to get everyone back behind the ball to defend and soak up the pressure.

87′ There’s not long left to play at Old Trafford now, can either side break the deadlock late on and secure all three points?

85′ Wolves have lost their last two Premier League away games, last losing three consecutively on the road in the competition back in April 2012.

83′ There is an issue here for De Gea as he is down with an injury after running into Traore by accident and the medical staff are on he pitch. The keeper is going to try and continue for now.

81′ Lovely play by Ait-Nouri down the left wing, he sprints past Wan-Bissaka and he doesn’t have anyone to cross to in the box, so instead opts to go for goal himself from a tight angle and De Gea has to get down quickly to make the save, before Maguire then clears the danger.

79′ Blocked! Rashford races in behind the Wolves defence after a long ball over the top by Maguire and the striker appears to only have Patricio to beat, but Saiss gets back superbly and makes a block.

77′ Decent chance! Pogba slides the ball back to Martial on the edge of the penalty area and he tries to curl it into the back of the net. However, he gets his strike all wrong and it flies high over the crossbar.

75′ CHANCE! Excellent strike by Pogba from around 25 yards out, after finding a little bit of space and he drills a powerful strike towards the bottom right-hand corner of the net. However, Patricio gets down quickly and makes a strong save.

Rui Patrício

Yellow Card

Wolverhampton Wanderers

73′ Patricio is the first Wolves player to be booked, after he takes too long with a goal-kick and the referee shows him a yellow card for time wasting.

72′ Good save! Saiss once again showing how much of a threat he is at set pieces, as he rises highest and powers a header towards the United goal, which forces De Gea into making a strong save. However, it wouldn’t have counted anyway as the defender was offside.

70′ NO PENALTY! VAR take a look at the incident and the ball does strike the arm of Coady, but there wasn’t much he could do about that, his arm was away from his body and he was unable to get out of the way. Nothing given.

70′ GOAL RULED OUT! United have the ball in the back of the net, after Bailly gets up at a corner and heads the ball down, which takes a deflection off Coady and falls into the path of Cavani, who then smashes it into the goal. However, the flag goes up straight away for offside. The United players accept the offside decision, but are appealing for a penalty, after the ball appears to strike the arm of Coady. VAR will take a look.

69′ Blocked! A good low cross is delivered the penalty area from the right wing towards the near post, which Cavani goes for, but it is well blocked by Saiss and goes out of play for a corner.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

68′ Another Wolves substitution now and it is Neto who is coming off and he has been replaced by Silva.

66′ Podence has been receiving some treatment on the pitch and he still seems in some discomfort, but he is going to try and continue for now.

Manchester United

64′ United make another change now, with Greenwood the man coming off and he has been replaced by Martial.

64′ Decent effort! Rashford rises above Coady in the box and powers a header towards goal, but he gets too much on the ball and it flies over the crossbar.

63′ It hasn’t been easy for Matic and Pogba to try and control the game in midfield so far, they have been battling for the ball with Neves and Moutinho and it is an interesting battle to watch.

61′ Good move! Hoever does well down the right wing, he gets to the byline and then pulls it back to Traore, who takes his time and then whips a good cross into the penalty area. However, it is too high for Neto and it flies out of play.

59′ No chances for either team yet, there isn’t much space for either side in the final third to try and create something, with neither keeper yet called into action. United are seeing more of the ball, but Wolves look more dangerous on the counter.

57′ Man United haven’t lost their final league game in any of the last eight calendar years (W5 D3), since a 2-3 home loss against Blackburn in 2011.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

55′ Here is the Wolves substitution, with Vitinha the man coming off and he has been replaced by Podence.

54′ It looks like Wolves are about to make their first change of the game, they haven’t got on the ball as much as they would have liked so far in this second half.

52′ Cavani has hardly touched the ball all game for United, the striker has been isolated up top for large spells as they have been unable to get the ball down and into his path.

Manchester United

50′ Poor challenge by Rashford on Hoever after the right-back flicked the ball past him and Rashford raced back and clipped him from behind. A deliberate challenge.

48′ Good start by United in this second half, with Shaw already getting involved down the left wing, he won a free-kick almost straight after the restart and has been up and down the wing a lot so far.

46′ The second half is under way!

Manchester United

46′ United have made a substitution ahead of the second half, with Telles replaced by Shaw at left-back.

The game could go either way at the moment, with both defences looking vulnerable on the counter, espesically United who have been caught out a few times now by the pace of the Wolves attack.

It is goalless at the break, despite some excellent goal scoring chances for both teams to open the scoring. United had a great opportunity which fell to Fernandes, but he was denied by Patricio from close range. Meanwhile Saiss has gone close twice at the other end for Wolves, striking the crossbar and then forcing De Gea into action at his near post.

45′ + 1′ HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 WOLVES

45′ There will be a minimum of one minute added time played here at the end of the first half.

45′ Almost! Wolves with a terrific quick counter, it is two versus two and the visitors should create a chance from it. However, the ball across to Traore from Neto is poor and well cut out, so United clear the danger.

43′ After a six-game winless home run in the league, Man United have won two of their last three at Old Trafford (D1). The Red Devils scored as many goals in their 6-2 victory over Leeds as they had in their previous eight home league games combined.

41′ Injury concern here for Ait-Nouri after an aerial clash with Rashford as the two collide in a battle for the ball. The medical staff are on the pitch, but he should be fine to continue.

39′ SAVE! Saiss goes close again! Neto whips a low free-kick delivery into the penalty area and Saiss meets it at the near post, flicking it on and it almost catches De Gea out. However, the keeper manages to get his hands to it and palms it away for a corner.

38′ Free-kick to Wolves in a good position now after Maguire blocks the run of Neto deep into the United half down the right wing, after the striker managed to sprint past him.

36′ The Fernandes opportunity a couple of minutes ago is that best chance we have had in the game so far. United are just starting to move the ball a little bit quicker and push forward more, getting into the final third.

34′ CHANCE! Huge chance for Fernandes to break the deadlock after a lovely ball into the box by Greenwood and Fernandes sneaks in at the far post and tries to beat Patricio from close range, but it is straight at the keeper, who makes a superb save. The ball then bounces dangerously around the six-yard box and Cavani gets a touch on it, but Wolves manage to clear the danger.

32′ Stoppage in play here as Neto is down with an injury after he collides with Matic and a stray arm appears to strike the Wolves man. However, he doesn’t require any treatment and play will resume shortly.

30′ We’re past at half an hour mark now and it remains goalless between Man United and Wolves, with the visitors going the closest to opening the scoring so far here.

28′ Wolves look very dangerous in the final third, they are getting plenty of crosses into the penalty area, but they have been unable to get on the end of them and test De Gea. This is just what they are missing at the moment.

26′ Not too far away! Matic with a lovely ball into the penalty area from the left and Cavani and Fernandes both dive in for it, but they can’t quite reach it and the ball goes straight out of play for a goal-kick.

25′ Since returning to the Premier League in 2018, Wolves are unbeaten in all four of their league meetings with Man United (W1 D3), despite conceding the first goal in three of these matches.

23′ OFF THE BAR! Saiss gets above Cavani as a free-kick is whipped into the penalty area by Moutinho and the centre-back tries to flick it into the far corner of the net. However, he gets slightly too much on it and it clips the top of the crossbar and goes out of play.

21′ Good counter! Ait Nouri breaks free down the left wing, getting in behind Wan-Bissaka and he races through on goal, but his cross into the penalty area is weak and easily cut out at the near post. Wasted opportunity.

19′ Late challenge there by Wan-Bissaka on Neves in the Wolves final third and the midfielder seems to be in a bit of pain. Only a free-kick is awarded and Neves should be fine to continue.

17′ Good run! Cavani does well to get in behind the Wolves defence and race onto the end of a ball, but he can’t quite keep it in and the chance goes away.

15′ Wolves look more comfortable now, they are putting in a good shift in midfield and are keeping the ball nicely in the middle of the pitch, with United having to do a lot of the chasing at the moment.

13′ SAVE! Neves with a fierce strike towards De Gea, after Traore pulls the ball back to him on the edge of the penalty area and the midfielder drills a shot towards goal, however, De Gea gets across and punches it out wide.

11′ Decent effort! Vitinha with a good strike from the edge of the penalty area, which forces De Gea to get down and make a good save. The United man has been the busier of the two keepers so far.

10′ Man United haven’t lost any of their last nine home league games against Wolves (W6 D3), keeping six clean sheets in that run since a 0-1 loss in February 1980.

8′ Traore does well to break forward and stretch the United defence, he plays it to Neto to his left, who then finds a little bit of space and curls an effort towards goal, but it is too close to De Gea, who makes a comfortable save.

7′ The visitors are playing with a back three, but when they are defending it is becoming a back five to try and limit the space that United have to play into.

5′ Wolves get themselves out of a sticky situation really well, playing the ball out from the back quickly and Kilman finds Neto with a good through ball, but the visitors are unable to counter.

3′ It’s the hosts with the majority of the possession at the moment, they are keeping it nicely in midfield and Rashford has found space down the left wing, but he is unable to find a team-mate in the box.

The teams are out at Old Trafford and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all the match action!

Meanwhile Nuno Espirito Santos has made four changes to his starting XI, with Semedo, Marcal, Podence and Silva all missing out today and they have been replaced by Kilman, Hoever, Vitinha and Ait-Nouri.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made six changes to his United starting line-up, with Victor Lindelof, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, James and Martial all dropping out of the side. They have been replaced by Wan-Bissaka, Telles, Pogba, Matic, Greenwood and Cavani all coming into the side.

WOLVES SUBS: Lewis Richards, John Ruddy, Daniel Podence, Luke Cundle, Nelson Semedo, Owen Otasowie, Fabio Silva, Theo Corbeanu, Christian Marques.

WOLVES (3-5-2): Rui Patricio; Maximilian Kilman, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss; Ki-Jana Hoever, Ruben Neves, Vitinha, Joao Moutinho, Rayan Ait-Nouri; Adama Traore, Pedro Neto.

MAN UNITED SUBS: Dean Henderson, Alex Tuanzebe, Scott McTominay, Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Fred, Daniel James, Donny van de Beek.

MAN UNITED (4-2-3-1): David De Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles; Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic; Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood; Edinson Cavani.

Meanwhile Wolves are 11th and they are winless in their last two games, having drawn with Tottenham on Sunday and then a 2-1 defeat against Burnley before that. The visitors have also failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last eight games.

The hosts could move up to second in the table with a win today after Leicester drew yesterday and Everton’s game was postponed. United are in good form, as they are unbeaten in their last eight league games, however they did draw 2-2 with Leicester last time out.

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