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Man Utd held 1-1 by Wolves

Man Utd held 1-1 by Wolves
Players of Manchester United and Wolves fight for the ball during their EPL match at Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton on Monday night.
London, Aug 20 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/20/2019 12:28:30 PM IST

Paul Pogba saw a penalty saved as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves on Monday night.

Anthony Martial scored for the second game in a row to put United ahead in the 27th minute, but Ruben Neves levelled with a brilliant curling strike from outside the box shortly after half time.

Pogba had the chance to restore United’s lead when he was tripped in the box, but his 67th-minute penalty was well saved by Rui Patricio.

There appeared to be discussions between Pogba and Marcus Rashford over who would take the penalty, before Rashford, who scored from the spot on the opening weekend against Chelsea, gave the ball to Pogba.

The draw means United have now failed to win on their last three visits to Molineux.

Neither side created much in a cagey opening that saw United dominate possession and Wolves defend deep.

The first clear sight of goal saw the deadlock broken as the ball was quickly worked from Jesse Lingard and Rashford onto Martial, who fired past Patricio from inside the box.

Wolves offered little in response and United comfortably saw out the rest of the first half.

The home side went agonisingly close to equalising in the 55th minute as Raul Jimenez glanced a header against the post and the ball rebounded off David de Gea.

But Wolves did level less than a minute later thanks to a stunning 20-yard strike from Neves that curled into the top corner.

There was concern among the home fans that the goal was going to be chalked off by VAR after a check for offside in the build-up, but it was allowed to stand.

The goal looked to have swung the momentum in Wolves’ favour, at least until Conor Coady tripped Pogba in the box and referee Jon Moss pointed to the penalty spot.

Rashford had taken United’s penalty in their 4-0 win over Chelsea on the opening weekend but on this occasion it was Pogba who stepped up and saw a powerful effort saved by Patricio.

Wolves went closest to snatching victory in the final stages as Diogo Jota saw a header saved and then shot over in the closing stages.

Wolves travel to Torino in the first leg of their Europa League play-off clash on Thursday before hosting Burnley on Sunday.

Manchester United host Crystal Palace on Saturday.

 

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