Manchester United were second best in a defeat to Wolves which began 2022 in the worst possible way.
The comeback performance from Phil Jones was a rare bright spot, apart from that the game was a totally forgettable effort from United.
The team were outplayed in midfield and there was a lack of fluidity in attack, with just two shots on target. Wolves were good value for their win and United got what they deserved.
Here is a look at four United players who disappointed in the defeat…
Big summer signing Jadon Sancho seems to take one step forward and another two back. He contributed a goal against Burnley and looked bright in phases, but looked lost against Wolves.
He wasted one opportunity in the first half when he could have played Cristiano Ronaldo in, and his shot was blocked. Sancho too often ran into danger areas and made the wrong decisions in the final third.
He was substituted off on 74 minutes having failed to register a shot on target or create a single chance.
It seems that Sancho is lacking confidence and while he should eventually come good, his performances this season have been inconsistent, and it would not be a surprise if he is back on the bench for the next game.
United made a big call at right-back to stick with Aaron Wan-Bissaka instead of recalling Diogo Dalot and it did not work.
This was a game where United needed more from the full-backs and as usual, United’s attack broke down whenever Wan-Bissaka got on the ball.
The former Palace defender has badly regressed, and his performances continues to lack the drive United need.
Edinson Cavani is usually a joy to watch, but he struggled to make any kind of positive impact against Wolves.
The one shot he did take he blazed over the bar, when he should have slipped an open Mason Greenwood in on goal.
Cavani was not helped by being starved of service, and Cristiano Ronaldo was not much better either. United need more from the two forwards, who are capable of much more.
In this game Cavani failed to register a shot on target and it would not have been a surprise if he was substituted.
Marcus Rashford was brought on for the last 15 minutes and added to his recent repertoire of disappointing performances.
Receiving the ball out wide, Rashford had the chance to play in Luke Shaw on the overlap, and chose to ignore him and run into three Wolves defenders.
Wolves went up the other end and scored the winner soon after. Rashford was brought on to be a game changer, and after being left out of the line-up for the last two matches, it was hoped he would improve.
Unfortunately this was just more of the same from Rashford, who followed his teammates in picking the wrong option in the final third.
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