Man Utd v Wolves – Man of the Match

So it’s the third clean sheet in a row, all credit to our defence and to keeper David De Gea, who incidentally is now only the third goalkeeper – after 40 years – to have played 300 league games for United. However United’s failure to score means that not only are they still six points behind 4th place Chelsea, but have dropped to sixth place, having now been overtaken by Sheffield United. United are rapidly losing ground in the race for a top four place. They have in fact collected just four points in the Premier League in 2020, with only Palace and Brighton (both 3 points) having accumulated fewer.

With Nemanja Matic suspended and Marcos Rojo having now joined Estudiantes on a six-month loan, while Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe all remaining out through injury, Bruno Fernandes’ arrival has come at a good time. For me Bruno Fernandes was United’s best player. He seemed to be everywhere, always moving forward, and had easily the most shots on goal that any other United player. He commenced to demand the ball with confidence early on, linking together a few good chances with fancy passes. He swerved a long-ranger just wide in the 33rd minute, whipped another one at Patricio in the 39th, and curled a decent free-kick on goal on the 58th minute. In all he had 118 touches, made 88 passes, played 11 passes into the box and had 5 goal attempts (all from outside the box).

United remain unbeaten in 12 home games against Wolves in all competitions (W9 D3) since losing 0-1 in February 1980 in a top-flight match – they haven’t trailed for a single minute in all those 12 unbeaten games. However United’s record of 35 points after 25 games in 2019-20 is their worst total at this stage of a season since 1989-90 (25 points), when they went on to finish in 13th place in the top-flight.

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