A surprise 3-5-2 formation from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave Manchester United the upper hand early on, but the whole match turned on a dime after Diogo Jota’s 25th minute equalizer. Wolves seized control and dealt the visiting Reds a major blow in our quest for the top four.
United could be sixth by Wednesday night. Gulp.
David De Gea: 6
A nervous back three did the United goalkeeper no favors. His best save of the night prevented a second Chris Smalling own goal. Probably should have done better on both goals, though.
Ashley Young: 4
Played out of position in a back three, Young headed for the showers after two second-half yellow cards. The captain played Jota onside for his equalizer and delivered some wretched free kicks.
Victor Lindelöf: 6
Straight back into the starting eleven after a one-match absence. Outmuscled by Cavaleiro late on, but saved by the crossbar. A little rusty, but still the best of the backline.
Chris Smalling: 5
Solid enough until the own goal that put Wolves ahead. And lucky not to add a second in the final minute. Smalling anchored the backline when Young and Lindelöf pushed forward.
Luke Shaw: 6
Quiet performance from the left wing. Picked up another yellow card — one that will cost him the next two Premier League matches.
Diogo Dalot: 6
Deserved an assist on that brilliant cross to Lukaku. Dalot got on the ball in dangerous positions, but no end product. Still, his natural quality shines through.
Paul Pogba: 3
Ugh. An utterly anonymous performance from His Excellency. Pogba’s only highlight came on a pass into the box that missed Lukaku and forced a save from Rui Patricio.
Started well in a holding role, but a careless touch undid all his good work. Until Fred coughed up possession — and the lead — United were well on top.
Scott McTominay: 7
Scored his first goal for the club with a long-range belter to the far post. McTominay almost headed in a second, but Patricio desperately palmed the shot away. On this performance, he deserves a start against Barcelona.
Jesse Lingard: 6
Worked hard, but wasted a free header that would’ve doubled United’s lead. He also forced Patricio to make a save within the first ten seconds of the match. Every team needs a Jesse Lingard.
Romelu Lukaku: 5
A night of close calls. Sent a powerful header straight at the keeper in the 4th minute and steered another shot just wide of the post. With Marcus Rashford out, United needed better finishing from Big Rom.
Phil Jones (Sub, 65’): 3
Came into a tough situation after Young’s sending off. Even so, Jones failed to clear the ball before Wolves’ winner.
Anthony Martial (Sub, 73’): 5
Barely got on the ball while United were chasing the game.
Andreas Pereira (Sub, 84’): N/A
Not enough time on the pitch to be rated.