Marcus Rashford’s goal, in the third minute of the added time after 90 minutes had been played, against a rapid Wolverhampton Wanderers attacking display, was a massive relief for both Manchester United FC fans worldwide, and coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The win brings the club to the second position on the Premier League table, two points behind Liverpool (who play today) and four points and a game in hand, above Chelsea. A great way to end the calendar year after an indifferent 2020. This is Rashford’s first goal at Old Trafford in the league this season. And the latest goal (93rd minute) scored by United at Old Trafford, since Michael Owen’s 96th minute goal in 2009.
United will have both David de Gea and Harry Maguire to thank for keeping the Wolves at bay for much of the game. Wolves should have had a goal, but luck was never on their side as Romain Saïss hit the woodwork.
Coach Solskjaer’s tactical tweak to bring on Luke Shaw and take off Alex Telles paid off as it ensures some balance in their defending against a quick, rapid Wolverhampton Wanderers side with Neto and Adama Traore stretching the Red Devils at the back, and Ruben Neves proving too handful in the middle of the park.
Rashford lashed onto a long pass from impressive Bruno Fernandes, tried to push further into the goal area but was well marked. As a seemingly unmarked Edinson Cavani gestured for the pass, Rashford took a shot, and it is the deflection off a marking Wolves defender that wrong-footed the Wolves goalkeeper, to earn Rashford his first goal at Old Trafford since July 2020, and help Solskjaer’s side a precious three points that lifts them to second on the log.
Cavani, given a start based on his recent scoring form, did not produce the expected result. This could mean that he will be more effective as an impact substitute after all.
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