Manchester United suffered yet another embarrassing defeat yesterday at the Molineux, the home of the Wolverhampton Wanderers.
This is the second game played away at Wolves this season and United still managed to be beaten by two goals to one.
It’s Ole’s first defeat as official manager of Manchester United, and it seemed that the Reds did not want the three points as much as Wolves did.
With Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard both missing clear headers from close range and captain Ashley Young sent off after a messy tackle on the Wolves goal scorer, Scott McTominay’s early efforts to score a goal were effectively cancelled out.
United played about an hour with only ten men and against a very good opposing No.1, Rui Patricio, in Wolverhampton’s team who blocked McTominay’s two other attempts.
A strike from Diogo Jota and an own goal from Chris Smalling handed Wolves the three points on a silver platter.
Understandably, the United gaffer was confused and disappointed that his side could not convert their chances.
“They scored with their first chance after the sending off, about 20-25 minutes after the sending off. So, the boys have done exactly what they’re meant to – but we conceded goals from sloppy mistakes and we didn’t score ourselves.“
He continued, “Of course, it’s three points [dropped] and we knew that we’d have to have 15 points probably to get that position [fourth]. We’ve still got 6 games to get them 15 points. So we’ve just got to look forward and dust ourselves down, because [it was a] disappointing result, but a very good performance.”
Had United won this match, they would have moved straight to third place on the Premier League table with 64 points, however, it was not to be.
Now they’re out of the Champions League group of top four teams, will they be able to struggle their way into fourth?