Manchester United 4-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers | Statistics & Post-Match Quotes

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is congratulated by teammate Phil Jones (top) after scoring his team's fourth goal as a dejected Roger Johnson #14 of Wolves looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on December 10, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

TEAM STATISTICS

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United

Wolves

Shots (on target)

20 (13) 11 (5)

Total Passes

422 406

Passing Accuracy

81% 79%

Ball Possession

51% 49%

Tackles won

17 17

Interceptions

17 16

Fouls

10 9

Corners

8 2

Offsides

4 2

MUFC STATISTICS

* David de Gea (goalkeeper): 16/37 passing (43%), 1 goal conceded, 4 saves

* Jonny Evans (right-center-back): 42/48 passing (88%), 3/5 long balls, 3 tackles, 1 interception, 10 clearances, 1 shot blocked, 2 fouls, 8/12 aerial duels (67%)

* Rio Ferdinand (left-center-back): 25/31 passing (81%), 6/8 long balls, 0 tackles, 2 interceptions, 20 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 1 foul, 12/15 aerial duels (80%)

* Chris Smalling (right-back): 39/53 passing (74%), 5/5 long balls, 0/2 crosses, 2 tackles, 1 interception, 6 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 1 foul, 2/2 aerial duels (100%)

* Patrice Evra (left-back): 28/35 passing (80%), 2/3 long balls, 0/1 crosses, 1 tackle, 1 interception, 4 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls, 3/7 aerial duels (43%)

* Phil Jones (central-midfield): 42/48 passing (88%), 1 key pass, 3/3 long balls, 2/3 crosses, 1 successful dribble, 0 fouls won, 0 tackles, 3 interceptions, 0 fouls, 0 shots

* Michael Carrick (central-midfield): 66/73 passing (90%), 2 key passes, 8/8 long balls, 0/0 crosses, 0 successful dribbles, 2 fouls won, 3 tackles, 5 interceptions, 1 foul, 1 shot

* Antonio Valencia (right-winger): 43/57 passing (75%), 5 key passes, 3/7 crosses, 3/4 long balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 2 tackles, 0 interceptions, 1 shot, 3 assists

* Nani (left-winger): 50/68 passing (74%), 8 key passes, 3/11 crosses, 1/3 long balls, 0 successful dribbles, 2 fouls won, 0 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 shots (3 on target), 2 goals, 1 assist

* Danny Welbeck (striker): 20/25 passing (80%), 1 key pass, 2/2 long balls, 0/0 crosses, 1 successful dribble, 1 foul won, 3 shots (2 on target)

* Wayne Rooney (striker): 36/47 passing (77%), 0 key passes, 4/4 long balls, 1/1 crosses, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 10 shots (7 on target), 2 goals

* Zeki Fryers (left-back | substitute 67'): 7/9 passing (78%), 0/1 long balls, 0/0 crosses, 2 tackles, 0 interceptions, 1 clearance, 1 shot blocked, 0/1 aerial duels (0%)

* Federico Macheda (striker | substitute 74'): 3/4 passing (75%) 0/0 longs balls, 0/0 crosses, 0 shots

* Ashley Young (left-winger | substitute 77'): 5/5 passing (100%), 1 key pass, 0/0 crosses, 1 tackle, 0 interceptions

POST-MATCH QUOTES (courtesy of MUTV)

Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager

(On United bouncing back after Wednesday's disappointment...) "We were pleased with that. On Wednesday, we worked our socks off and didn’t get a break. Today we worked our socks off and we did get a break. Some of the football was fantastic and obviously getting the second goal relaxed everyone. I know Wolves scored just after half-time but they deserved that because they keep crossing the ball into the box and they’re a real threat from those crosses."

(On the standout play from his wingers...) "I thought the wide positions were a problem for Wolves today. I think we kept their full-backs completely occupied all through the game – we were getting to the edge of their box all the time. Goals are what we’re about. Although our goal tally was very good up until a few weeks ago, today was a fillip in terms of pushing us on a bit. The crowd got right behind the players today, particularly the young ones and that was good."

(Overall thoughts on the attack...) "In the main, our attacking play was terrific. We could have scored a lot of goals today and that’s pleasing. They were all disappointed after Wednesday. The young players hadn’t experienced a bad defeat before so it was a good thing for them."

(On putting pressure on Manchester City ahead of their Monday clash with Chelsea...) "We always hope that [we put pressure on City]. But I think the important thing is to get our own game right. If we get to New Year’s Day and we’re in the frame we have a great chance in the second half of the season."

Phil Jones | MUFC defender/midfielder

(On the performance of goalscorers Rooney and Nani...) "Wayne was brilliant again. Just because he hasn’t been scoring doesn’t mean he hasn’t influenced the game because the things he does off the ball are terrific. People don’t take that into consideration sometimes - they just look at his goal tally and think he isn’t playing well - but he has been playing terrifically well for us. Nani was also terrific. He does it week in, week out in training and defenders can’t live with him when he plays like that."

(On moving forward after Wednesday's disappoinment...) "There’s no point in dwelling on it and thinking about things we could have done. We move on quickly and it was a big disappointment for the fans as well, but we showed them what we are capable of. It’s a credit to the lads. It was a terrific performance after the disappointment of midweek but we have picked ourselves up quickly and gone again. It was a spirited performance and hopefully we can push on from here."

Nani | MUFC midfielder

(On United's performance versus Wolves...) "I think we had a fantastic performance. Everyone played well and I think everyone wanted to win this game. It's the way we normally play, who we are and, of course, it was a fantastic afternoon with a lot of goals. Everyone is happy with the game."

(On United's European disappointment....) "It's been tough. We know we always go the final stages of the Champions League and we're used to qualifying easily through the groups, so this time it's disappointing. We did not expect to go to the Europa League but we are still alive and still have the opportunity to play like today. We just have to do our best to win the competitions we are in. Of course, the last game [v Basel] was a bad moment but I think we responded very well with this game today and I hope we keep doing the same until the finish of the season."

(On his own individual performance...) "It's always nice to score goals and help the team win the game. It's important for the team I'm on my best form and I'm happy with my performance. I've been working hard to try and be at my best as then I can help the team. I enjoy playing everywhere - the most important thing is my contribution to the team is the best. I will always try to show the quality I have. I just want to score goals, enjoy my football and win the games."

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