After drawing to Southampton last weekend, Manchester United fans were eager to see their team back to winning ways, and this feeling only grew stronger as it was revealed that Raphaël Varane and Jadon Sancho would make their first starts for the club.
Unfortunately, the game started in the opposite fashion to what was desired. Wolves were on the front foot from the very opening seconds, and Adama Traore was causing many problems both on the United right and down the middle. A few half-chances at the beginning for United ended up fruitless, and they were lucky not to go 1-0 down in the 6th minute, as Aaron Wan-Bissaka made an incredible goal-line clearance after a Fred mistake.
What followed for the rest of the half was a series of Wolves attacks, and although Mason Greenwood was presented with a decent chance to give United the lead just before the whistle, it was not meant to be, with the first half ending in a stalemate, somehow.
In the second half, it felt similar. Wolves continued to attack and continued to worry United, however two moments of pure class, one from Mason Greenwood and one from David de Gea, guided Manchester United to victory.
David de Gea – 8/10
A very strong performance from de Gea today, looking confident catching crosses, coming off his line to intercept balls over the top and making a couple of outragous saves from close range. A positive sign for the future as he looked close to his highly regarded best.Embed from Getty Images
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 5.5/10
Wan-Bissaka had both a good game and a bad game. He was excellent in his reactions to deny Wolves an early goal, however he was baited and thrown a few times by the ever-terrifying Traore, and had a few erratic moments with regard to his passing. Certainly seen better from him.
Raphaël Varane – 8/10
A brilliant debut. Varane was commanding, proactive and assured, and looked right at home in our defence. To top off the brilliant display, Varane grabbed a debut day assist to grab United 3 points. My pick for Man of the Match.Embed from Getty Images
Harry Maguire – 6.5/10
Maguire partnered well with Varane. He was a great aerial presence in defence, and although he was duped by the tricky Adama Traore at one point, his display overall aided United in keeping their first clean sheet of the season.
Luke Shaw – 6.5/10
Shaw looks like he’s getting back in to the rhythm of playing for Manchester United, after not really having a pre-season to get back in to the groove after his summer holiday. He have away a few fouls, however there were no glaring mistakes in his game.
Fred – 4/10
Fred started the game poorly, and never really recovered. He seemed a little lost in midfield, as he pretty much had to cover for the 5 attacking players United had on the pitch today.
Paul Pogba – 6/10
Personally, I am much more of a fan of Pogba when he plays further up the field. Although he is still normally good when playing deeper, his game is less effective when he plays there.Embed from Getty Images
Bruno Fernandes – 5.5/10
Fernandes had a quiet game today. He was heavily pressed by the Wolves players, and became quite drowned out of the match. He did very well to set up Greenwood just before half time, but he has had better games for the club.
Jadon Sancho – 5.5/10
On his first start for the club, Sancho did alright, but it is clear he does have some adjusting to do after playing in the Bundesliga for a number of seasons. He tracked back a fair number of times which is always a good sign, but he did not add too much to the attack today.
Mason Greenwood – 8/10
Today was a day that once again showed that Mason Greenwood can be relied upon when it matters most. Coming up once again to score a crutial goal, Greenwood showed attacking force and threat that is becoming a serious force to be reckoned with throughout the season for opposition defenders.Embed from Getty Images
Daniel James – 4.5/10
James had two tasks today; to provide a quick counter-attacking outlet on the wing, and work alongside Wan-Bissaka to double up against Traore. He executed the latter intruction to a decent degree, however his attacking output left much to be desired.
Edinson Cavani – 5.5/10
Coming on in the 53rd minute, Cavani had a quiet game. He was masked well by the Wolves defence, and it is clear he needs a few more minutes to warm back up to his brilliant best, but I am sure he will be back to scoring once again when he gets a few more minutes under his belt.
Anthony Martial – 6.5/10
After a poor display against Southampton, Martial this time came on to play on the left hand side, and he was actually quite good. He shielded the ball well when he needed to, he picked out some good passes and didn’t put much of a foot wrong.
Diogo Dalot – N/A
Coming on once the game was in it’s final stages, Dalot was there to help tighten the defence. He didn’t do enough to justify a rating apart from recieve a yellow card.