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Manchester United 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers: United player ratings as Rashford-inspired Red Devils claim late victory

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Marcus Rashfordthe winner of added time saw Manchester United eke on a narrow 1-0 win over wolves at Old Trafford, a result that sees the Red Devils temporarily climb to second in the 2020-21 premier league table.

The result was difficult for a Wolves side who entered the game just 48 hours after their last game, stubbornly defended themselves and created enough chances in the game to earn at least one point.

However, a superb performance from David De Gea in the Manchester United goal kept the wolves at bay at one end. As fatigue finally sets in on the other, Marcus Rashford slipped behind the visitors’ tired defense and scored via a deflection in the 93rd minute to claim all three points for his side.

Thanks to the victory, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men now occupy second place in the Premier League standings, two points behind league leaders Liverpool, who will face Newcastle United on Wednesday night.

Wolves, meanwhile, are 12th in the league table amid a whole string of teams battling for a place in the top half. On that note, let’s take a look at the ratings of Manchester United players at the end of 2020 with a positive result on the pitch.

David de Gea: 8/10

David de Gea was sensational in Manchester United's goal, making a number of vital saves.
David de Gea was sensational in Manchester United’s goal, making a number of vital saves.

David de Gea kept Manchester United in the game with a sensational series of saves in both halves, showing excellent reflexes to keep a number of shots at bay en route to a well-deserved clean sheet.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 5/10

Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has found himself at the top of the pitch on several occasions after returning from injury.

However, his lack of offensive instinct was revealed, as he missed out on plenty of opportunities to get into the box, choosing instead to turn around and go inside, which killed the momentum of the moves. of his team.

Eric Bailly: 6/10

While Harry Maguire was the busiest and most involved of Manchester United’s center-back duo, Eric Bailly cleverly used his pace and power to stifle Wolves attacks and was extremely calm and composed in defense.

Harry Maguire: 5/10

Harry Maguire has been embroiled in an engaging physical battle against Adama traore. The Manchester United skipper also found himself in a few awkward situations and was forced to make some awkward fouls but performed well in the face of one of the Premier League’s toughest defensive missions.

Alex Such: 5/10

Manchester United’s attacking left-back has made good progress, but would have liked his crosses in the box to be much more precise than they were. However, Telles was effective in defense before being replaced by Luke Shaw at half-time.

Nemanja Matic: 6/10

Seasoned midfielder Nemanja Matic went about his business in a no-frills manner, showing extreme composure as he made a number of timely interceptions to regain possession of his squad.

Paul Pogba: 6/10

In a confident display from the Manchester United midfielder, whose full range of passes were on display, Paul Pogba looked to move his team forward at every opportunity. However, a well-organized Wolves squad made it difficult for the Frenchman to find time and space, who struggled to make as much impact as he can.

Bruno Fernandes: 6/10

Bruno Fernandes appeared with a vital late assist after an ineffective performance for most of the game.
Bruno Fernandes appeared with a vital late assist after an ineffective performance for most of the game.

It was a rare evening for the star Manchester United playmaker, for whom little has happened when he tried to bond with his teammates or fight himself. Nonetheless, Bruno Fernandes continued to try to create scoring opportunities and prepare Rashford for the winner with a sumptuous long ball over the Wolves defense.

Mason Greenwood: 5/10

Although he found himself in promising positions on Manchester United’s right flank, Mason Greenwood was unable to influence the game as he was unable to gain the upper hand on his scorers before being kidnapped just after the hour in favor of Anthony Martial.

Edinson Cavani: 5/10

Making only his second start in the Premier League, the experienced Uruguayan Edinson Cavani was often isolated in Wolves’ box amid the opponent’s three central defenders and could not have had an impact on the game.

Marcus Rashford: 6/10

Marcus Rashford caught a last-breath winner with a deflected strike in the 93rd minute.
Marcus Rashford caught a last-breath winner with a deflected strike in the 93rd minute.

Marcus Rashford was beaten Coady and Howeder shot down Wolves’ right flank in the first half, but couldn’t make an impact despite his excellent dribbling skills.

He changed sides in the second half but didn’t have much joy either. However, Marcus Rashford did not stop trying until the final whistle and was rewarded for his efforts with a late winner.

Manchester United substitutes notes:

Luke Shaw: 6/10

Luke Shaw arrived at left-back as part of an apparent tactical adjustment and used his pace and physique well to deal with Adama Traore’s threat while also contributing offensively with regular forward runs.

Anthony Martial: 5/10

Frenchman Anthony Martial started on the left wing after arriving, but drifted inside as the match progressed, carrying the ball forward on a number of targeted runs, to be met by a resolute defense of the Wolves.

Scott McTominay: NA

Scott McTominay came in to watch the dying seconds of the game, but barely touched the ball.

Posted Dec 30, 2020, 04:53 AM IST


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