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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United Live Commentary & Result, 23/05/2021, Premier League | Goal.com

20′ Chance for Wolves! Traore is proving a bit of a thorn in the United defence and the rapid winger holds up a cross from the right that Fabio Silva puts wide with a glancing header. Would the forward have been better off leaving that one for Dendoncker? 

18′ Manchester United have lost just one of their last seven Premier League meetings with Wolves (W3 D3), going down 2-1 at Molineux in April 2019.

16′ Bailly could possibly do better with that one. Telles’ left-wing corner is met by the head of the centre-back, who had the run on his marker but can only nod wide.

14′ That goal is undoubtedly a blow for Wolves and Nuno, how can they respond?

13′ It’s a great moment for Elanga, but the delivery from James was just as impressive. He delivered early, and delivered accurately. A textbook piece of wing play.

13′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!! ELANGA SCORES ON HIS SECOND LEAGUE START! James is set free by down the left flank and the Welshman’s teasing early delivery is headed home from point-blank range by the 19-year-old. It’s Manchester United who lead Wolves 1-0!

10′ Tuanzebe had to be alert to deal with a cute Neves chip in behind the United defence. Moutinho’s follow up corner was flicked by Saiss, and eventually Wolves win another set-piece from the other side but again it comes to nothing.

8′ Oooft! Could Elanga do better there? United work the ball left to Dan James, whose pass into the area finds the teenager. He took a decent touch out of feet but his left-foot effort goes wildly off target when really he should probably at least work the goalkeeper.

6′ The Wolves fans, watching their team inside the stadium for the first time since restrictions imposed due to coronavirus were lifted, demand a wave from Nuno, who duly obliges. On the pitch, Telles plays a great long ball over the top that Elanga just fails to control – a first sign of danger for the home side.

4′ United have yet to really settle into this one, albeit we’re still in the infancy of the game. On a couple of occasions the visitors have been caught out in midfield, but perhaps a lack of cohesion is to be expected given the raft of changes.

2′ Good strength from Traore, who outmuscles Matic on the right wing and drives towards goal. His shot is dragged wide of the far post but it’s been a decent start from Wolves.

1′ Referee Mike Dean blows his whistle and Wolves get us underway at Molineux!

The teams are out on the pitch and we are moments away from kick-off at Molineux…

This is the first Premier League game that Bruno Fernandes has not featured in for Manchester United since joining. He had played in all 51 of their PL games since his debut before today.

Nuno makes three changes for his final XI in charge of Wolves. Saiss, Dendoncker and Patricio all return. Meanwhile, Solskjaer makes wholesale alterations, the Norwegian taking the chance to rest the majority of his star names ahead of the Europa League final. He hands opportunities to several youngsters, with Elanga handed his second league start up top, while Diallo makes his full top-flight debut.  

MAN UTD SUBSTITUTES: Scott McTominay, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, William Fish, Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof, Mason Greenwood, Shola Shoretire, Lee Grant, Hannibal Mejbri.

MAN UTD (4-2-3-1): Dean Henderson; Brandon Wiliams, Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly, Alex Telles; Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek; Daniel James, Juan Mata, Amad Diallo Traore; Anthony Elanga.

WOLVES SUBSTITUTES: Morgan Gibbs-White, Willian Jose, Andreas Sondergaard, Vitinha, Marcal, John Ruddy, Maximilian Kilman, Ki-Jana Hoever.

WOLVES (3-5-2): Rui Patricio; Willy Boly, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss; Nelson Semedo, Leander Dendoncker, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Rayan Ait Nouri; Adama Traore, Fabio Silva.

Of course, this fixture is a mere warm-up act in a week that sees United play the Europa League final against Villarreal in Gdansk, a huge opportunity for Solskjaer to win a first piece of silverware as Reds Devils boss. That game will naturally be the focus, but first there’s a professional job to be done here at Molineux. With that in mind, we’ll run through the teams for you shortly…

Even more impressively, if United avoid defeat, they will become just the fourth side to remain unbeaten away from home across an entire English top-flight campaign, after Preston (1888-89), Arsenal (2001-02) and Arsenal again (2003-04).

Regardless of the outcome of today’s fixture, the Red Devils are guaranteed to finish second and play Champions League football again next season. While the gap to champions and rivlas Manchester City remains significant, it has been another season of improvement under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – who saw his side win just two of their opening six league matches and fail to win each of their opening four home games in the Premier League this term. 

For Wolves, this fixture not only brings down the curtain on the 2020-21 campaign but also on the era of head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, who will depart the club after four years. Under Nuno, Wolves achieved promotion back to the Premier League and consecutive seventh-placed finishes in the top flight. There was also a run to the quarter-finals of the Europa League last term and, while this campaign has been somewhat mediocre in comparison (albeit in the context of having sold Diogo Jota to Liverpool, and losing star striker Raul Jimenez to serious injury), the Wolves fans back in attendance today will be sure to give the boss a fond farewell.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of this season-ending Premier League fixture between Wolves and Manchester United at Molineux!

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