The professor’s spell with Manchester United has been broken, as the Red Devils lost 1-0 to Wolves at Old Trafford. This marks the first time that they have suffered a defeat since Rangnick took over the reins from United’s former star player, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The last five matches saw United gain 13 points with four wins and a draw. However, with the 82nd goal from Joao Moutinho, this streak ended at their home ground. Moutinho pounced on a poorly cleared header from Phil Jones, at the edge of the penalty box, driving it into the bottom left corner of the post.
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While the squad captained by Cristiano Ronaldo will be walking away disappointed, Moutinho spoke after the match in an interview with Sky Sports, saying, “Phil Jones headed out the ball. I tried to see where it went. After my first touch, I said I need to shoot. That’s what I need to do, to shoot more. A beautiful goal.”
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Clearly, winning at Old Trafford has been a huge boost for Wolves, who have moved up to the eighth position on the table, just three spots behind United. Meanwhile, United after a lacklustre performance remains at seventh place, four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with a game in hand.
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United only managed one strong barrage of attacks between the 65th and 70th minute, and Moutinho has rightly labelled this as a deserved win for Wolves. He said, “We created a lot of shots in the first half. They changed a little bit to three centre-backs like us. We controlled everything. We only let them create one opportunity on the bar. We deserved it because of what we did over 90 minutes. I hope we can continue with this performance.”
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Wolves host Southampton at home on January 15, next, while United will travel to face Aston Villa.