Wolverhampton Wanderers overturn an early deficit to register a 2-1 win over 10-man Manchester United in Tuesday’s Premier League encounter at Molineux.
Scott McTominay had put United into an early lead with his first goal for the club, but Diogo Jota‘s low-range strike got Wolves back on level terms before Ashley Young was dismissed before the hour mark.
United matched Wolves during the closing quarter of the match, but Chris Smalling put through his own net with 13 minutes left to leave United outside of the top four.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer criticised his players for the tempo of their play when losing to Wolves in the FA Cup quarter-finals last month, but United could not be accused of not playing at a fast pace during the opening 15 minutes.
Jesse Lingard forced Rui Patricio into a save within the first 15 seconds after running from the halfway line after kickoff, while the Portuguese stopper also had to react well to keep out Romelu Lukaku‘s header from point-blank range.
Wolves are seeing plenty of the ball but United deservedly went ahead when McTominay was able to find the bottom corner of the net with a low drive from 20 yards out.
Lingard should have doubled United’s lead from close range only for Patricio to tip his header away from goal, but Wolves appreciated the reprieve and promptly capitalised through a mistake from Fred.
The Brazilian was dispossessed around 35 yards from goal after receiving a pass from David de Gea, and Raul Jimenez was able to find Jota who confidently fired into the bottom corner from eight yards out.
Wolves found themselves in the ascendancy and Leander Dendoncker squandered a chance on the volley from eight yards out, with the Belgian sending his effort over the crossbar after good work from Matt Doherty.
Ruben Neves also saw a long-range volley claimed by De Gea from just underneath his crossbar, but United should have regained the lead just before the break with Lukaku only dragging a volley wide of the far post after being played in by Paul Pogba.
United had the better of the opening exchanges after half time, but the visitors soon found themselves down to 10 men with Young being dismissed for two bookable offences on Jota in quick succession.
The sending off acted as the catalyst for Wolves to press forward in numbers, but the home side could not turn their momentum into chances and appeared to be fading as the game entered the final quarter.
United took the initiative until three substitutions disrupted the flow of the game, and it was Wolves who took full advantage by completing the turnaround with 13 minutes remaining.
Joao Moutinho‘s cross from the left-hand side caused all kinds of confusion in the penalty area, and pressure from Dendoncker forced Smalling to divert the ball past De Gea from close range.
Wolves created chances to extend their lead, with only a save from De Gea preventing Smalling putting through his own net for a second time and Ivan Cavaleiro hitting the crossbar from 12 yards.
However, the home side were able to survive late pressure from United to return to winning ways ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final with Watford.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS XI: Rui Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Neves, Vinagre; Jimenez, Jota
MANCHESTER UNITED XI: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, McTominay, Pogba; Dalot, Lukaku, Lingard
How Man United could line up against Wolves