Manchester United climbed two places up to second in the Premier League after Marcus Rashford scored deep into stoppage time to give them a 1-0 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday.
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The result left United on 30 points from 15 games, two behind champions and leaders Liverpool who visit Newcastle United on Wednesday., while Wolves stayed 12th on 21 points.
Rashford gave United the win when it seemed the game was heading for a goalless stalemate, with his shot taking a deflection off Romain Saiss and beating goalkeeper at the near post after he cut inside from a Bruno Fernandes pass.
The visitors missed several chances in the first half as they stifled the home side with crisp one-touch passing but the best opportunity fell to the home side when Patricio kept out a Fernandes sitter in the 34th minute.
Patricio also clawed out a vicious long-range effort by Paul Pogba in the 75th minute and Wolves seemed to have done enough to earn a point after soaking up United pressure in the closing stages.
But they were undone from a seemingly innocuous move as Rashford picked up a long Fernandes pass on the right and with little support in the penalty area, he hit a hopeful shot which wrong-footed Patricio.
“It’s the deciding goal. Probably not the most beautiful but we will take what we can get and take the three points and move on,” Rashford said after the match. “Today was tough but we expected a tough game but managed to get over the line.”
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also expressed the same sentiment of obtaining the win.
“Bit lucky, bit flukey, but that’s what happens when you put teams under pressure,” Solskjaer said.
Wolves captain Conor Coady called the loss a “sucker punch” after his side were on the verge of a draw.
“We felt like we deserved better. When you get to late in the game you don’t think you’d lose. We’re gutted to concede like we have,” Coady said.