Manchester United suffered a major blow to their top four hopes as Wolves came from behind to beat them 2-1 at Molineux on Tuesday night.
Manchester United had started the match the stronger of the two sides and should have led early on, as Romelu Lukaku failed to convert from Diogo Dalot’s peach of a cross. Manchester United though, did go on to break the deadlock, with Scott McTominay scoring a beautiful long ranger.
Thereafter, United had another chance to find the back of the net, only to see Jesse Lingard miss an easy effort. Wolves went on to punish the visitors for their profligacy as well as individual errors at the back, pouncing on the opportunity that presented itself when Fred’s poor first touch gave them an opening. Raul Jimenez passed the ball onto Diogo Jota, who made no error in beating David de Gea.
Manchester United saw their troubles increased just before the hour mark, as Ashley Young was sent off for a second bookable offence, but could have led when Rui Patricio bravely saved McTominay’s close range shot.
It was Wolves, though, who had the last laugh as Chris Smalling turned the ball into the back of the net at the end of a melee. With Manchester United spurning the chance to rise to the third spot in the table, fans were in a sombre mood, with mixed responses towards Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his tactics on the night.
— Black Wolverine (@pfumiM) April 2, 2019
Don’t worry. Solskjaer said they are ‘top quality’ when they are on form. https://t.co/8GHsJMGQtz
— WAL (@WhyAlwaysLukaku) April 2, 2019
Solskjaer not to blame for that. Gameplan had United outfoxing Wolves and should have been out of sight until an individual error for equaliser. Then his players lacked the courage and mentality to respond to a setback.
— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) April 2, 2019
— Ryan (@ryanlegg7) April 2, 2019
Incensed!!! Like I said we lack quality not depth! Rom & Jesse cost us today! Red card or not the game should have been put to bed in the first half! #WOLMUN
— Rants (@rantsnbants) April 2, 2019
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) April 2, 2019
— The Kingmaker 🦉🕊 (@SmithVinci) April 2, 2019
Meanwhile, the likes of Ashley Young, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones were at the receiving end of fans’ ire following a dreadful performance on the night.
— Pope (@MatthewPope88) April 2, 2019
Our senior players have all let us down tonight. Lingard, Pogba, De Gea all dreadful. Smalling (own goal) and Young (red card) rounds it off too. A disgusting performance.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) April 2, 2019
Jones and Smalling – Good Lord.
— Hi, My name is Joe (@SayNoMore33) April 2, 2019
— joe keds (@joekeds) April 2, 2019
If Pep Guardiola joined Man City and he had Ashley Young, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones as his defenders I can guarantee you that the board would have replaced them within a week for him.
— Aidan Walsh 🔰 (@AidanWalshMUFC) April 2, 2019
But, it was not all doom and gloom as Scott McTominay scored his first goal for Manchester United and also produced a solid performance.
Scott McTominay has gone from Scott McMuffin to Scott McTerminator. What a strike!
— Ryan. 🔴 (@Vintage_Utd) April 2, 2019
Few things are better in football than seeing a young academy graduate score his first goal. Delighted for McTominay
— Pilib De Brún (Phil Brown) (@Malachians) April 2, 2019
The one player who can hold his head high today is Scott McTominay and considering there’s around £300 million worth of talent alongside him that’s a pisstake #FullTimeJay
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) April 2, 2019
McTominay just sat me down and it’s the comfiest chair I’ve ever sat in
— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) April 2, 2019