A ruthless display. As soon as we had them down, we never let them up. Five goals, a four point lead at the top of the Premier League, and cutting City's goal advantage to only four, Manchester United can be proud of their team today.
The show was run by Wayne Rooney. But the returning Antonio Valencia was rampant today. Everything that was good came from our right hand side, and he had the beating of his man each an every time.Wolves's cause was not helped by Ronald Zubar getting sent off in the first half fr two yellow cards. Each for late challenges on Rooney and Danny Welbeck respectively. That occurred at 1-0 with around 10 minutes left of the first half. By the time the Ref had called time on the first period, it was 3.
Evans had opened the scoring with a good volleyed finish from within 6 yards after Micheal Carrick had nodded back Rooney's corner into the mixer. The second was sheer class
Rooney played a sublime pass to set Antonio Valencia free in a whirlwind counter attack, and the winger just drove straight at goal. Where other would pass, he had eyes only for goal. He lifted it into the top corner with ease. His directness caused Wolves problems all day.
And the third. Jonny Evans played a smashing pass to Valencia. It had so much pace, was so flat that wolves couldn't react to it. Valencia drove and cut the ball back to Danny Welbeck who finished it off. Game Over
We started the second quite slowly I thought. There were plenty of goals in this for us to cut the goal difference down. Yet it didn't last. One thing that sometimes we lack is our finishing ability. You can't lay that criticism on us today. Valencia layed the ball back to Rafael, who crossed for a totally unmarked Javier Hernandez in the 6 yard box. Wolves criminal defending was punished as Chicarito headed home
And the fifth came soon after. A great goal. Evans made a great run. Valencia used it as a decoy, played a sublime 1-2 with Danny Welbeck and lofted the ball to the back stick. Chicarito gave it what it deserved. 5-0.
We kind of eased off after that. Fair enough, it looks like we didn't sustain any injury, but there were more goals to be had. I think we could have made a massive statement against a Wolves side that looked lost. Wolves had a few moments. De Gea had to stay sharp as he made a couple of decent saves, but he would have been very disappointed if he had conceded them.
Still. You can't be disappointed with a 5-0 win away from home. For Wolves, I am afraid to say the future looks bleak. Their defense was awful, and you cannot concede the types of goals they did when in a relegation dog fight.
For us.... The reds go marching on. Hopefully that managed to banish the memory of the beating Bilbao put on us.