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Rangnick suffers first defeat as Wolves win at United

An 82nd
minute strike from Joao Moutinho earned Wolves their first win at Old Trafford
since 1980 and moved Bruno Lage’s side up to eighth place.

United, who
could have few complaints about the result after a poor performance, remain
seventh place on 31 points — four behind Arsenal who currently hold the fourth
Champions League spot.

Wolves
created a series of chances in the first half but it was not until eight
minutes from the end that they got their reward when Moutinho pounced on a
headed clearance from Phil Jones and fired past David De Gea.

German
Rangnick, who is in charge of United until the end of the season after taking
over from the sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, saw a disjointed display by his team
with little sign of the high-energy pressing style he had initially attempted
to introduce.

The injury
plagued Jones made his first Premier League appearance in almost two years with
Rangnick turning to the former England central defender in the absence of Harry
Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.

The
29-year-old had delivered a solid performance on his return before his
ill-judged header out towards Moutinho which led to the goal.

Wolves could
easily have had a comfortable lead by halftime with the excellent Daniel
Podence, Ruben Neves and Nelson Semedo all bringing United keeper David De Gea
into action early in the game.

United
created little with their best opening of the first half ending with Edinson
Cavani blasting a shot off target when he should have played in Mason
Greenwood.

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Greenwood
had been the most creative player for United and there were rare boos from the
home crowd when Rangnick chose him to make way for the introduction of Bruno
Fernandes.

Fernandes
should have put United ahead when he side-footed a low ball across the box from
Nemanja Matic against the cross-bar while Wolves also found the woodwork when
Romain Saiss hit the bar with a free-kick.

Moutinho
settled the affair with his low shot past the helpless De Gea and set off loud
celebrations for the travelling support.

“Winning
here at Old Trafford against a big team is amazing for us,” said Moutinho.

“We
came here to play football, play with the ball, that’s what we do. We created a
lot of shots in the first half. We controlled everything. We only let them
create one opportunity,” he added.

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