Manchester United v Wolves: Match in pictures
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Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has spoken out after his side’s 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Monday night. The Red Devils entered the game on a high after beating Burnley just days ago. However, they were brought crashing back down to earth with the visitors emerging from the match with all three points.
Manchester United were good against Burnley on Thursday, winning 3-1 at Old Trafford with Scott McTominay and Cristiano Ronaldo both on target.
However, fans hoping that would be a start of things to come were left stunned as Wolves rocked the Theatre of Dreams on Monday night.
Wolves were deserved winners, despite Bruno Fernandes hitting the bar, with Moutinho scoring the only goal of the game with less than 10 minutes left on the clock.
It was a terrible night for the Red Devils, who now face a huge fight to finish in the Champions League qualifying slots after the latest setback in their season.
And Rangnick has now spoken out, giving his thoughts after seeing United slump to a first defeat since he replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last month.
He brutally dissected the result, hitting out at his players while insisting they’re ‘disappointed’ with the result.
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“We didn’t play well at all individually or collectively,” he sad.
“In the first half, we had big problems to keep them away from our goal.
“In the second half we changed to a back three and had more control then a spell of 15 minutes where we could have scored. The goal we conceded, we had enough players in the box. The cross had been defended by Jones but the goal we conceded was like too many this season.
“Moutinho could shoot unmarked with no problems, no pressure. We’re very disappointed about the result and parts of our performance.
“They’re playing with four or five central midfielders and we had problems to control that part of the pitch. We decided to change our formation and we had more control – they didn’t have as many chances – but we missed our chances and we have to admit they deserved to win.
“Wolves were the best team we’ve played. We have more problems today than in other games.
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“We didn’t press at all. We tried but we were not able to get into those pressing situations. They had an overload in midfield and they played via their wing-backs. We’ve been only working two and a half or three weeks after needing to close the training centre. We had the results. In times we played well but today we have to admit they’re better than us.”
On replacing Mason Greenwood with Bruno Fernandes, he then added: “It was 0-0. Bruno had a big chance to put us 1-0 ahead.
“Mason was good but I had to take someone off and didn’t want to take off one of the sixes. I had to decide whether to take off Edi or Mason so took off Mason.
“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 individual performances of players. It’s an issue of the whole team. It doesn’t make sense.
“We have to see each individual game. So far we had 10 out of 12 points. Today we had our first defeat against a good team. They don’t score that many goals, today they scored the only goal. Today the question was who will score the first goal.”
Wolves hero Moutinho, meanwhile, admitted he was delighted with his late winner.
“What I want is to help the team. Winning here at Old Trafford against a big team is amazing for us,” he said.
“We came here to play football, play with the ball, that’s what we do. We created a lot of shots in the first half. They changed a little bit to three centre-backs like us. We controlled everything. We only let them create one opportunity on the bar.
“We deserved it because of what we did over 90 minutes. I hope we can continue with this performance.
“Phil Jones headed out the ball. I tried to see where it went. [After] my first touch I said I need to shoot. That’s what I need to do, to shoot more. A beautful goal.”
Wolves boss Bruno Lage added: “It is one more victory.
“Lovely stadium, a place with a lot of history but the most important thing is how we played.
“We played in our way, we controlled the first half and missed a lot of chances.
“We win three points, and have more chances than goals.
“We deserved the three points. Every time I am positive and try to win the games. This is football, they had one good chance for Bruno.”
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