Man Utd v Wolves: Match in pictures
Manchester United continued their charge towards a potential Premier League title with a 1-0 victory over Wolves on Tuesday night. Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game for the Red Devils at Old Trafford in the 93rd minute. And Mike Phelan and Harry Maguire were overheard shouting from the sidelines throughout the contest.
United weren’t at their best against Wolves, with the Red Devils only emerging victorious because of Rashford’s deflected strike late on.
And The Athletic say Phelan was eager to get his side going, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s assistant heard shouting from the sidelines.
It’s claimed Phelan was demanding more from Aaron Wan-Bissaka, wanting the right-back to show more drive and attacking intent.
Harry Maguire then got involved, encouraging his team-mate to commit more as United chased a winner.
Maguire was also heard asking Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo if his side ‘wanted to play football’ after Rui Patricio was booked for time-wasting with 18 minutes left on the clock.
But, in the end, United’s frustrations were put to bed.
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Rashford was the matchwinner, with his goal now meaning the Red Devils sit just two points behind Liverpool at the top of the table.
Solskjaer, however, has refused to name his side as title challengers just yet – admitting they’re just taking it game by game.
“It’s not a title race after 15 games,” said Solskjaer.
“You can lose the chance of being a race in the first 10 games, of course, but play another 15, get to 30 and then start talking about the title race, when it gets to March and April.
“We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. We’ve got to a decent position but not even halfway through the season.
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“But the belief is there, the players think we can win against anyone, anywhere and I think this will be massive for their confidence.
“We’ve got a group that’s more robust, both mentally and physically. We’ve gone through some tough training periods and they’re getting fitter and fitter.
“And mentally, of course, it gives you a boost knowing when you can win games at the end.”
Rashford was thrilled with the victory over Wolves, labelling it a ‘tough’ afternoon at the office.
“It was the deciding goal. Probably not the most beautiful, but we’ll take what we can get, take the three points and move on,” said the England international.
“Today was tough, but we expected a tough game and managed to get over the line.
“We have to take it one game at a time, but if we can keep finding ways to win like this, we’ll see where we are at the end of the season.”
Wolves boss Santo said: “This is football and a learning process.
“It’s cruel in the moment, but you can’t stay feeling sorry. You have to move forward.
“We created chances. Sometimes we should finish more.”
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