In the Premier League, Manchester United defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 thanks to substitute Marcus Rashford.
Due to a disciplinary matter, the forward was left out of the starting lineup. However, he came off the bench to dart infield and power in the winner with just over 10 minutes left. His hard work and determination led to another late strike that was disallowed for handball.
After catching a short pass back to Jose Sa, Alejandro Garnacho had the first big chance of the game, but the Wolves stopper reacted well.
While Wolves had some good approach play, Antony also had a chance from close range. Ruben Neves’ free kick was the closest Wolves came to scoring before Rashford won it for the visitors with his late hit.
The player ratings from the game on New Year’s Eve are shown here.
8. Jose Sa In the first quarter of the game, Garnacho made a huge one-on-one save, and before the break, he again missed a chance to score from close range. Was for the most part untroubled last part until Rashford put one through his legs.
5. Nelson Semedo After a terrible, brief backpass, I was extremely fortunate. Booked not long after for a back-following foul as well. Before being substituted, he performed better in one-on-one matches and made an important aerial clearance.
Nathan Collins Reliable in preventing crosses and a few low balls, always on the lookout for runners from the second line, and maintaining the Wolves shape. In the second half, there was also a lovely, explosive dribble through the midfield.. Max Kilman In addition, Collins had another excellent performance at the back. stepped across to stop passes and made a few crucial interceptions. Strong enough to consistently stop forwards.
Hugo Bueno – 6. He had a good first half when he burst forward to relatively good effect, putting in a few crosses and keeping Antony at bay. However, as an outlet, he faded and was replaced for a formation switch.
The midfield deep man did nothing unusual: two long-range free kicks, one of which put the keeper to the test and the other of which did not, some good challenges to break up play, and good switches of play.
offered little in the way of defensive or attacking options. He was fine shifting the ball and maintaining his position in deep areas, but he was neither a ball-winner nor a chance provider and was easily overrun.
. Matheus Nunes Excellent for Wolves in terms of ball-carrying and progression up the field, but occasionally lacking in the final pass. incurred a few significant blows on the way.
. Daniel Podence Again, a good but not great performer, which Wolves needed in the final third. Even though he dribbled through a few challenges, he didn’t pose a threat to the goal and didn’t take any penalties for the team.
Diego Costa As usual, he made a big mess of himself, even though he didn’t really threaten crosses. However, his holdup play was strong and created space for a few shots. Surprised that he was substituted at halftime, possibly because of an injury.
Hwang Hee-Chan hardworking and constantly ran the channels, but he didn’t appear to be part of any buildup plays in the final third. This sums up the Wolves’ attack: no shots.
Subs: A Traore seven, Jonny five, Ait-Nouri six, Toti five, and Jimenez none
7. David de Gea was not particularly troubled in the first half, but around the hour mark, he made a superb save from a free kick by Neves. Observed the remainder of the game from a distance until the final minute, when he made a line save in response.
6. Aaron Wan-Bissaka Defensively, they were adequate when Podence was wide, but they never looked to follow him when he was drifting infield. Was never going to provide Wolves with an easy entry into the box and offered nothing forward.
Raphael Varane – 8. Nothing moved beyond him by any means. lacked a lot of nonstop action, but his positional work and concentration were excellent. A prime illustration of his impact was a late header that was flicked away from a risky cross.
7. Luke Shaw Again, centre back, and he has a good resistance to Costa’s air and ground attacks. Block a Neves half-volley with firmness as well.
. Tyrell Malacia Occasionally a little hasty, but made the most important challenges and interceptions.
Casemiro It wasn’t his best game. While his work on the ball wasn’t particularly impressive, he was frequently run over defensively. He was fortunate to avoid a booking in the first half, but he eventually received a yellow card and did not really protect the back line from a late barrage.
Christian Eriksen tidy and neat in the deep areas. lacked the ball progression at the pace Ten Hag would have preferred.
. Antony Very quiet for the first 45 minutes, and from two yards out, he should have scored by heading into the goalkeeper.
. Bruno Fernandes Always available to receive play and definitely pushing his team upfield at times, but his final product lacked serious execution and decision-making.
7 – Alejandro Garnacho After getting a big chance off the backpass early on, United should have scored, but the first half was their best outlet. surprisingly subped during the intermission.