Manchester United held by Wolves as Pogba misses from the penalty spot

Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves after Paul Pogba’s penalty was saved by Rui Patricio at Molineux on Monday.
The Reds led the pack through Anthony Martial’s first-half strike, his second goal of the season.

Ruben Neves scored a superb equalizer for Wolves after the break before Patricio denied France star Pogba from the spot-kick.

It was a surprising decision for Pogba to take the penalty as Marcus Rashford had scored from spot-kick in last weekend’s victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford. Also, the young striker scored the Champions League last-16 winner from the spot against PSG last season.

The French midfielder has now failed to covert four Premier League penalties since the beginning of last season.

Man United would have been the table leaders with a win. However, they were left to consider another season of inconsistent performances that underlined why Solskjaer still has a great deal of work to do to transform his group into genuine title contenders.

While there were promising moments in attack and defence, United did not show any composure in possession and disintegrated easily when they went under pressure in their second game of the new season.

At an average of 24 years and 173 days, United’s manager had selected the club’s most youthful Premier League starting line-up since the last day of the 2016-17 season.

Daniel James made his debut for United after last season transfer from Swansea scored and scored his first goal for United as a substitute against Chelsea.

United tested the Wolves defence when Rashford dribbled past Ryan Bennett on the left half of the Wolves box and crossed towards Martial, who could not connect with the ball as it flashed past him.

Moments after that, United led the pack with a sharp attack in the 27th moment.

Breaking inside from left, Luke Shaw saw Jesse Lingard who then passed the ball onto Rashford.
Rashford gave a sublime pass to Martial in the Wolves territory and the French forward shot a superb strike into the top of the net.

Martial has now scored 50 times United in all competitions since he moved from Monaco in 2015.
The French forward should have added another goal on the stroke of half-time when he pounced on Bennett’s misplaced pass and dribbled past Willy Boly, only to tread on the ball when it appeared certain to score.

Well-controlled by Harry Maguire, United could only allow a single shot on goal from Wolves in the first forty-five minutes.

However, Wolves were rejuvenated after the break by the introduction of the fast Adama Traore.
Suddenly, United’s defence did not look so sharp, and Raul Jimenez put a free-kick against the far post with United goalkeeper David De Gea rooted.

Wolves’ increasing pressure was rewarded 10 minutes after the break when a short corner was worked to Neves on the edge of the box, and the Portugal midfielder twisted a superb strike into the top corner.

Neves’ brilliant effort survived a review by VAR for offside in the build-up. He has now scored his tenth goal from outside the box since joining Wolves.

United had a brilliant opportunity to regain the lead when Martial found his fellow Frenchman Pogba in the Wolves area and the midfielder was brought down by Conor Coady.

Pogba and Rashford seemed to talk about who should take the penalty.
However, the decision wasn’t the best as Pogba’s penalty was parried away by the goalkeeper. United now have four points from two matches.

They will face Crystal Palace next weekend at Old Trafford.

Author: Cossy

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