Match report: Manchester United 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 | 14 August 2023

SECOND HALF – RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME FOR RAPHA

Because the second half started, Wolves squandered a golden alternative to take the lead. Neto’s ball throughout the six-yard space fell kindly to the toes of Cunha, who side-footed his try towards Onana’s proper publish.

It was Cunha once more who continued to be a thorn within the Reds’ aspect with 55 minutes performed on the Theatre of Desires, charging by means of the midfield as soon as extra to open up all types of house for himself. This time opting to go alone, the Wolves man noticed his effort nicely saved by United’s debutant in between the sticks.

Alejandro Garnacho labored a neat opening simply earlier than the hour mark which lifted the Stretford Finish devoted off their seats, with most urging him to shoot. The teenager duly obliged seconds later, however noticed his effort fly over the crossbar.

O’Neil’s males got here ahead once more with 70 minutes on the clock, with Cunha once more the orchestrator. Bursting by means of from midfield, he teed up substitute Hwang Hee-chan over on the left, whose cross finally fell to Neto, earlier than Onana once more got here to the Reds’ rescue.

All of it, nevertheless, proved in useless for the guests, as United hit the entrance with quarter-hour left to play. Captain Bruno’s scrumptious chip discovered the advancing Wan-Bissaka inside the world. Our no.29 clipped an equally spectacular ball to the again publish, leaving fellow defender Varane with the best of duties to nod us forward.

United then had the heroics of Onana to thank on two events as Wolves gathered up a late head of steam. Substitute Fabio Silva was twice denied by our new no.24, with the second of his saves notably spectacular, after the ball fortuitously¬†landed at Silva’s toes contained in the six-yard space. Onana, nevertheless, stood tall to disclaim him.

The guests’ claims for a late penalty had been waved away deep into stoppage time after Onana collided with substitute¬†Kalajdzic inside the world, with the ball coming off Dawson behind them. VAR opted not award a spot-kick, with Hooper reserving O’Neil for his protests, because the Reds held out to start 2023/24 with a triumph.