Wolves 0-1 Manchester United: Main Talking Points As Marcus Rashford Fires Erik ten Hag’s Side Into The Top-Four

    Continuing their attractive streak since returning from the World Cup break, Manchester United took a 1-0 win away at Wolves at lunchtime on Saturday.

    They have their sights set on a return to the Champions League this season and it was a red-hot Marcus Rashford that returned Erik ten Hag’s side to the top four with a win over the winner with 14 minutes to go.

    Now, having won each of their last three home matches since returning from the winter break, the Red Devils have also increased the pressure on the Wolves team, which is at the center of a relegation struggle.

    While Saturday’s hosts could have kick-started Julen Lopetegui’s career with a 2-1 win over Wolves earlier in the week, the Oranges have definitely hit the ground here.

    On the day that United managed to set a real record at Molineux, we looked at the main topics for discussion.

    United shoot under ten hag

    While the Premier League giants may have kicked off the 2022/23 campaign in the midst of a rather public struggle, Manchester United are back in some style.

    It appears that Saturday’s visitors have indeed found themselves under the former Ajax boss and are now seen as one of the top contenders for a much-needed Champions League return.

    Marking their return to the top flight at the start of the week as they quickly made their way to a 3-0 home win against Nottingham Forest, there is no doubt that the mood in the ten Hag camp must be at its highest.

    Similarly, the fans at Old Trafford not only extended their EFL Cup run on 21 December when they won a 2-0 victory over champions Burnley, but also their team’s newfound determination in defence.

    However, in order to miss a beat after the World Cup break, the Red Devils will simply be looking to maintain their recent momentum in 2023.

    Having found his way into the top four and having suffered only one Premier League defeat since early October, United’s decision to appoint ten Hag in the summer certainly seems like a smart move.

    Who can stop Rashford?

    Despite a shocking dropout from ten Hag’s starting lineup on Saturday lunch due to oversleeping and missing a pre-start team meeting, Rashford once again stole the headlines.

    While the former Premier League champions may have seen Cristiano Ronaldo finalize his messy divorce from the club last month, the England international has once again shown he could be United’s main player in 2023.

    After collecting three strikes at the World Cup in Qatar with England ultimately losing in the quarter-finals, the homegrown United star appears to be back to his clinical high and only continues to receive accolades from ten Hag.

    Coming off the bench in the second half and eventually taking down the winner on Saturday, the 25-year-old has now scored in all three of the Reds’ victories since returning from the holiday break.

    Clearly enjoying life as United’s ideal attacking option, Rashford has scored 11 goals in all formats this season, more than any other Old Trafford star this season.

    The wolves are getting ready to fight

    Having kicked off Lopetegui’s career with a recent 2-1 away win over Everton earlier in the week, the Wolves were desperate to pull off a major upset at Saturday lunchtime.

    However, while this could have been another largely enduring performance for the Oranges, they are still in the spotlight to maintain their Premier League status in 2023.

    Opening the New Year in the bottom three, the ex-Sevilla boss will demand that his new squad gain much-needed stability as soon as possible.

    With Saturday’s 1-0 defeat in what was their third Premier League defeat in their last four matches, Wolves also scored the most points in just a pair of their previous 11 top-flight appearances, a streak that began on 3 September.

    Facing next week’s clash against Midlands rivals Aston Villa, the former top-six contenders have also built a reputation for their persistent problems on home soil.

    In fact, Wolverhampton have lost each of their last four Premier League games in a row at Molineux, 10-2 on aggregate.

    Match report:

    Wolves: Sa, Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno, Neves, Nunez, Hwang, Moutinho, Podense, Costa

    Subscriptions: Ait Nouri, Jimenez, Johnny, Gomes, Traore

    Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Shaw, Malasia, Casemiro, Eriksen, Anthony, Fernandes, Garnacho, Martial

    Subscriptions: Fred, Rashford, Maguire, Elanga, Van de Beek

    Goals: Rashford (76′)

    Yellow cards: Wolves: Semedo – Manchester United: Fred, Rashford, Casemiro

    Red cards: N/A

    Judge: Mike Dean

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