How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be sick of Molineux. For all the talk from both camps of how this would be a very different game to the FA Cup quarter-final between the teams last month, Wolves beat Manchester United 2-1 once again. Having already been denied their best chance of a trophy here, United’s top-four ambitions have now taken a major dent too.
In truth, it was a different kind of game and United were far from poor. They started strongly, taking the lead through Scott McTominay outside the box , and had 12 shots to Wolves’ two in the second half despite seeing Ashley Young sent off before the hour mark. The only two saves that David de Gea made after the interval were from Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof.
With Rui Patricio in fine form at the other end, it was that sort of evening and Solskjaer argued as much afterwards by reminding everyone that this is football, not mathematics. “You cannot control the result can you? We can control what we do on the pitch, performance wise, and we have played well enough tonight to win the game.”
Nevertheless, it will grate with Solskjaer that both goals his team conceded were sloppy ones – the sort of mistakes that can undermine any good work. “We created our own downfall really,” he admitted. That’s three defeats in four games now. A bit of the shine that he has managed to put on the second half of United’s season is in danger of being removed.U