Wolves had ended Ralf Rangnick’s unbeaten start as Manchester United interim manager. Joao Moutinho’s strike achieved a deserving 1-0 win at Old Trafford. With a first home defeat to Wolves in almost 42 years, United still stands at seventh position in the Premier League table.
However, it was another lackluster performance that was a topic of concern, as the result for Rangnick as the Red Devils were amazingly outplayed. Rangnick stated,”We didn’t play well at all, neither individually or collectively.” He had taken 10 points from the four games he had played first. So let’s take a look at the details of the
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Harry Maguire, who plays at center-back as a captain had caused an injury. Meanwhile, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly are all missing in this season of League. So Rangnick is forced to hand Phil Jones his first Premier League appearance. This might be a great opportunity for the player as he will be giving his appearance after a span of two years. Therefore, in the absence of Maguire, Cristiano Ronaldo was named United captain for just the second time.
Ronaldo did not sound happy in the message that he posted on Social media on the day of New Year. He said, “we have to work harder, play better and deliver way more than we are delivering right now.” It was also noticed that there was no sign of improvement in the form of the game. Ronaldo was quite against a number of his Portuguese international teammates.
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Wolves had managed more shots in the first half of the match than, they had in their previous three matches combined. However, Bruno Lage’s men have managed to score just 14 goals in 19 league games so far. Lage said in an interview, “It is one more victory,” He appreciated the stadium as it helped them state its beauty and history. And later on, he mentioned his team’s efforts and team spirit.
Lage said that they had played the match at their own pace and controlled the first half. He also said that they had missed a lot of chances as well. He maintained his morals and leadership quality by saying that although they had won just 3 points, they will have more chances than these goals.