As we move into the final stages of the season, the very top of the Premier League table has a familiar look to it. Manchester United went one point clear with a win over West Brom, while Manchester City lost to Swansea City. Wolverhampton Wanderers entertained Manchester United, with the visitors looking to go four points clear at the top of the table.
Wolves were in terrible form, gaining just 4 points from the previous six games. While Man United were mounting a title charge taking 16 Points from a possible 18. The odds were against Wolves and even the most faithful fan would have found it difficult to hope for a good result.
Opening The Account
The away team established control early on, with Valencia looking dangerous, and Carrick going close in the thirteenth minute it was sign of things to come. Wolves could only hold out until the twenty-first minute before conceding from a corner. Rooney swung the ball to the back post and Carrick knocked it back across the six yard box for Evans to tap in his first ever goal for Man United.
Architects Of Their Own Demise
Wolves were went down to ten men after Zubar received a second booking in the thirty-ninth minute and was rightly sent off. Being a goal down, the sending off made a difficult task nigh impossible.
Man United had scored from a corner and winning set pieces would have been ear-marked as crucial opportunities for Wolves to score. Jarvis won them a corner just after the forty minute mark. Welbeck was first to meet the delivery and headed the ball out to Hernandez, ‘the little pea’ controlled the ball well, before finding Rooney on the right, inside the united half. Valencia went charging up the right-wing and Rooney appreciated the effort, zipping the ball into his path. The Wolves players didn’t have the legs to stay with the Ecuadorian as Valencia drove into the box and hammered the ball past Hennessey.
Welbeck added another in the 46th minute with a first time side foot shot; Valencia providing the assist with a pull back, just 3 minutes after the second goal.
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Wolves rallied a little after half-time but the task was just too great. Hernandez nodded in a fourth for united, after Rafael whipped in a cross from deep. Then just five minutes later, Evans intercepted a pass on the half way line and drifted deep into the Wolves half before giving the ball to Valencia. The nifty winger cut in off the wing and played a sharp one-two with Welbeck inside the penalty area, before lofting a low cross to the back post. Hernandez was in the right position once again, charging onto the ball to crash a half-volley into the roof of the net. With half an hour left in the game it could have been worse for Wolves but the tie ended in a 5-0 win to the away team.
Manchester United have scored the most goals (73), lost the least amount of games (3) and currently sit top of the table, despite being dubbed ‘below par’ this season. Last season Man United scored a total of 78 goals in the league and kept 15 clean sheets (currently on 14 this season). Hernandez is apparently experiencing ‘second season syndrome’ although he is into double figures with 10 goals, and has 2 assists; and last season he managed 13 goals with 1 assist.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have conceded the most amount of goals (63) and they are bottom of the table. With a new manager in charge, but no real strengthening of the squad in January, the near future doesn’t look too bright.
Manchester City managed to come from behind to beat Chelsea on Wednesday and now they face Stoke City on Saturday. Manchester United don’t play until Monday and will hope to have the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table with a victory against a Fulham side that was convincing beaten by Swansea in their last game.
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