Manchester United misses Premiership top spot as Pogba misses penalty

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19th August, 2019

The scenario on Monday night in the game between Wolves and Manchester United when the visitors were awarded a penalty reminds one of the PSG saga between Cavani and Neymar as Pogba and Rashford seemed to argue about who should take the spot kick.

Pogba won the argument, took the penalty kick but did not score as it was saved by Rui Patricio and as a result, Manchester United could only manage to get a 1-1 at Wolves in the Premier League on Monday.

Manchester United had taken the lead through Anthony Martial’s goal in the 27th minute, with the France forward  converting the very first shot of the game.

The hosts however levelled in the 55th minute with a goal that survived lengthy VAR checks for offside, with Ruben Neves smashing home a 20-yard drive after a clever set-piece routine.

Then came the opportunity for a United lead as Pogba had the best chance to take all three points but saw his spot-kick kept out by Patricio, with United unable to make amends for two defeats at Molineux last term.

United’s Daniel James got booked for his second dive in the 24th minute as both sides, preferring to play on the break, felt their way into the match.

United broke the deadlock soon after, patient possession on the left leading to Marcus Rashford sliding a pass through for his strike partner Martial, who wasted no time in lashing home a first-time finish.

The undeterred Wolves hit back after the break though, the half-time introduction of Adama Traore giving United a fresh problem to handle, with a glancing Raul Jimenez header hitting the inside of the post.

Consequently, the equalizer came moments later. A short corner was well worked by Joao Moutinho to Neves, lurking with intent on the edge of the penalty area, and he crashed a trademark strike in off the underside of the crossbar.

The visitors should have retaken the lead in the 68th minute but Pogba, having won a penalty for Conor Coady’s clumsy challenge, failed to beat Patricio from the penalty spot.

A stretched finale saw chances at both ends, with Luke Shaw denied at the death as neither side could find a late winner.

Europa League duties could hinder Wolves’ attempts to break into the top six this term but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side look set to bloody some more noses in 2019-20 having been able to match United in this game.

Manchester United on the other hand, who would have gone top of the league with a win, have now failed to win any of their past five away games in the Premier League.

There is no doubt the raw pace of Wales winger James makes him one of the more thrilling additions to the Premier League this season but he must learn to stay on his feet. Reputations are built quickly at this level and they can be hard to shake.

Key Opta Facts

– Wolves are the first to team to come from behind and avoid defeat in three consecutive Premier League games against Manchester United.
– Wolves are unbeaten in their last four games against United in all competitions (W2 D2 L0), last tasting defeat in March 2012 (0-5).
– United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has failed to win each of his four games in all competitions against Wolves (D1 L3); they are the side he has faced most without ever winning in his managerial career.
– Wolves have never won a Premier League game on a Monday in six attempts (D2 L4). Only Hull City (10) have played more Monday games in the competition without winning.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday. Wolves go to Torino for the first leg of their Europa League play-off on Thursday, then a busy start to the season continues when they host Burnley in the Premier League three days later.