4 Things We Learned From Manchester United’s 1-1 Close-Fought Draw Against Wolves

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Manchester United fans were left frustrated after seeing their side draw 1-1 with Wolves at Old Trafford.

The home side headed into the game having won three of their last successive matches in all competitions, and although they started the slower of the two sides, a well-taken goal from summer signing Fred put Jose Mourinho’s side ahead.

Despite going behind, Wolves kept pressing United and finally got their reward ten minutes into the second half thanks to a stunning effort from Joao Moutinho. Wolves continued to come at United with both sides going in search for a winning goal, however neither team could find one and they ended up sharing the points. 

So here is what we have learned from a very entertaining draw at Old Trafford.

1. Wolves Are Here to Stay

Having been promoted to the Premier League last season, many wondered just how Wolves would fare back in the big time. They had been impressive so far, however Saturday’s performance against Manchester United has sent a clear message out to the rest of the league.

Wolves didn’t look out of place against one of the biggest sides in world football and had their chances to even win the game. If they can perform like this every week, they’ll pick up plenty of wins this season.

2. Alexis Sanchez Should Be Dropped

Alexis Sanchez was dropped to the bench during United’s 3-0 win over BSC Young Boys in the Europa League midweek, with Anthony Martial starting and scoring in the win.

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Sanchez came back into the starting 11 on Saturday, however he had very little impact on the game. He looked ineffective on the right-hand side throughout the first half and failed to create any clear cut chances. His performance slightly improved at the start of the second half, however Mourinho had seen enough and substituted Sanchez just after the hour mark.

Will Sanchez be dropped for United’s trip to West Ham next weekend? Judging by the crowd, many of the fans seem to think so.

3. United Still Have a Lot of Work to Do to Be Considered Title Contenders

This was not the performance of a Premier League title contender. These are the kind of games United need to be winning should they want to be towards the top of the table come the end of the season, however they looked very vulnerable today.

As well as looking shaky in defence, they failed to create any real clear-cut chances in attack which left the fans feeling very frustrated. They’re now eight points behind the early Premier League pace setters Liverpool, and have a lot of work to do if they are to start closing the gap on them.

4. United Would Be Even Worse Off Without David De Gea

Whilst this is no secret, the match acted as a clear reminder that Manchester United would be far worse off if they hadn’t had David De Gea between the sticks.

He made a number of early saves with the game still at 0-0 which then proved to be crucial in earning his side a hard-fought point. Mourinho will be counting his lucky stars having one of the best – if not the best – goalkeeper in the world at his disposal.

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