An Awful Manchester United were comprehensively beaten by Wolves, who fully deserved their first win at Old Trafford in over 40 years.

Awful Manchester United Beaten By Wolves

No Sign of Gegenpress

When Ralf Rangnick was appointed as interim boss, fans hoped they would see their side play with more intensity as that is one of the words Rangnick uses in his press conferences, alongside control. Apart from the first 30 minutes against Crystal Palace, which was Rangnick’s first game in charge, we have not seen a massive improvement in the team’s performance. In terms of the setup, Bruno Lage tactically outwitted Rangnick as he packed his midfield, leaving the double pivot of Matic and Mctominay exposed. Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood operated in the the two advanced roles ahead of the defensive pivot and their positioning was too narrow, leaving space for the wing-backs of Wolves to progress the ball into attacking positions comfortably. This led to Wolves creating 19 attempts. One issue with this Wolves side is they lack ruthlessness and a clinical edge in front of goal, it could have been much worse for United if Bruno Lage’s men finished their chances.

Jones Deserves Praise

Phil Jones started his first match in the first team in over a year for United and was excellent. The Stretford End cheered his first involvement in the game, which was a headed clearance and he was comfortable throughout. After such a long lay-off, we are accustomed to seeing rustiness in players after a lack of game time however this was not the case for Jones who produced a gutsy display. Unfortunately for United, apart from him and David De Gea, no one else really stood out and asserted their authority across the 90 minutes. It was never going to be a straightforward task for Rangnick, but it seems there is huge amount of work that needs to be done with this team to avoid a scrap for top four.

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