United lost 2-1 to Wolves at Molineux in a league match that dealt a serious blow to their chances of securing a 4th place Champions League qualification. We were disappointing again and lacked fighting spirit and creativity. But an ill-advised foul by Ashley Young that earned him a red card in the 57th minute, and an own goal by Chris Smalling in 77th minute sealed our demise.
Romelu Lukaku had a chance to open the scoring within five minutes when he headed straight to goalie Rui Patricio from close range after Diogo Dalot put in a great cross for the Belgian. Scott McTominay scored 13 minutes into the match when he turned and hit a low drive past Patricio. Jesse Lingard could have doubled United’s lead, but Patricio tipped the ball away after a good pass from Lukaku into the area.
Then Fred conceded the ball that allowed the hosts to score. Diogo Jota shot the ball past David De Gea in the 25th minute after an accurate through ball from Raul Jimenez. Wolves became stronger after that goal and began to dominate the game. Lukaku had an opportunity to put the visitors ahead, but he flashed his shot just wide. Both sides went into their dressing rooms at 1-1.
In the second half just minutes apart Ashley Young was shown two yellow cards and was expelled from the game by referee Mike Dean. United were now down to ten men for the rest of the match. Jota collided with Victor Lindelof in the box an appealed for a penalty that referee Dean waved off.
Wolves then sealed the game 13 minutes from time when a header by Jimenez bounced off the hand of Chris Smalling into the net. There was no way back for United after that second goal. Wolves deserved to win this game and showed they were clearly better than us.
Our display was poor again, and I believe that Solskjaer needs to buy at least 5 or 6 players of better quality if we are to win the league and other titles next season.