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English Premier League 2019-20: United Held to Away Draw at Wolves

English Premier League 2019-20: United Held to Away Draw at Wolves Photo: TT
Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves

Manchester United drew 1–1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers away at Molineux to round off the second match week of Premier League action.

United took control from the start, although it took until 18 minutes for either side to threaten goal, Marcus Rashford breaking free on the left and jinking one way and the other, but his cross just eluded his strike partner Anthony Martial. The same pair then combined to deadly effect nine minutes later. Luke Shaw began a move on the United left, which eventually found its way to Rashford who played his strike partner in down the inside-left channel, Martial finishing with a powerful left-foot shot.

Wolves were struggling to get any sort of foothold in the game, as United were first to every 50/50 ball. And it could have been worse on the stroke of half-time as Ryan Bennett gave the ball away to Martial who seemed to have a chance of a second before treading on the ball.

The second half was completely different though. Wolves introduced Adama Traore for Matt Doherty, and his direct running from the right changed the momentum of the game, although early in the second-half, Jesse Lingard missed a great chance to put United two up when he air-kicked an inviting cross from Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Wolves soon made them pay. A free kick from Ruben Neves was glanced-on by Raul Jiménez, and his header hit the inside of the post and bounced away to safety. The reprieve though was temporary. A short corner soon afterwards was played back to Neves on the edge of the box, and his shot crashed in off the underside of the bar.

However, United were given a golden opportunity to take the lead again when the Wolves skipper Conor Coady brought down Paul Pogba in the box to concede a penalty. Pogba took the kick himself, but Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio guessed right and dived to his right to save.

Neither team could find a winner. Jonny Castro Otto headed a cross from Traore straight at David de Gea in the United goal, and full-back Luke Shaw had a late shot saved by Patricio.

In the end though, both sides had to settle for a point apiece after a highly entertaining game.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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