Manchester United ended 2020 with a smash and grab win against a rigid Wolverhampton Wanderers side after a stoppage-time goal by Marcus Rashford which sees United seal the second position in the Premier League.
The game was heading for a drab goalless draw as Wolves frustrated United for 93 minutes only for Marccus Rashford’s left-footed effort to come off Romain Saiss and wrongfooted Rui Patricio.
Bruno Fernandes got the best chance of the first half, but he could not turn home Mason Greenwood’s sublime cross at close range, while David de Gea also did an effective job of denying Saiss at the other end.
VAR also denied United a goal with 20 minutes remaining when Edinson Cavani turned home a loose ball from a corner, but he was adjudged offside after a VAR review. Conor Coady was also found to have handled the ball in the same action and it came back in favour of Wolves.
The youthful Wolves side kept United at bay for all 90 minutes, but Rashford grabbed the winner in additional time to move them to within two points of leaders Liverpool in the Premier League.
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Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)
- Since losing at home to Arsenal at the start of November, Manchester United have won seven of their last nine Premier League games (D2).
- Wolves have now conceded in each of their last nine games in the Premier League; their joint-longest run without a clean sheet in the competition under Nuno Espirito Santo (also nine games between December 2019 and January 2020.
- Marcus Rashford’s goal for Manchester United was his first at Old Trafford in the Premier League in 845 minutes of play, since last netting in July versus Southampton.
- Manchester United’s late goal through Marcus Rashford (92:51) was their latest winning goal in a Premier League game at Old Trafford since September 2009, when Michael Owen scored at 95:27 against Manchester City.
- Since his Premier League debut in February, Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in more goals in the competition than any other player (32 – 18 goals, 14 assists).
Other Premier League results
- Brighton 0-1 Arsenal
- Burnley 1-0 Sheffield United
- Southampton 0-0 West Ham
- West Brom 0-5 Leeds United
- Manchester United 1-0 Wolve