Moutinho scored the winner with eight minutes to go. Photo: BBC
Wolves humble Manchester United at Old Trafford
By Valentine Amanze
Manchester United on Monday January 3, 2022 suffered its first defeat under interim manager, Ralf Rangnick.
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Joao Moutinho delivered the killer blow in the 82nd minute at Old Trafford even as Jose Sa saved the fifth minute of stoppage time to earn Wolves their first Old Trafford win since 1980.
Sa turned away a curling free-kick from substitute Bruno Fernandes, who had earlier fired against the bar when he should have done better.
The visitors controlled the opening half-hour and were back on top by the time Moutinho struck, although the goal was unfortunate for central defender Phil Jones, who was one of United’s better performers on his senior return after a near two-year absence.
His clearing header fell to the 35-year-old midfielder on the edge of the area and although Moutinho had not scored since February 2021, he kept his nerve to drive a shot through a packed penalty area and into the bottom corner.
BBC reported that Wolves fans celebrated noisily at the final whistle but it was a crushing blow for Rangnick, with his side remaining seventh in the Premier League, a staggering 22 points behind leaders Manchester City – although they have played two games fewer.
Wolves, meanwhile, are now three points and once place behind Manchester United in eighth.