This time Manchester United held firm against the Wolves surge.
There was nothing which could be done about Ruben Neves’ long range effort, but aside from that, United’s defence held firm.
Last season we wobbled, especially after Wolves equalised in our 2-1 loss.
Chris Smalling’s calamity own goal gave Wolves the win. This time around, Smalling was not even on the bench.
In his place in the team was United’s new defensive leader Harry Maguire.
Maguire stood up and was counted at the back, and ensured United held up and did not concede again.
He sent a message after the game expressing his disappointment that United didn’t win the game.
Anthony Martial scored United’s goal in the first half. Paul Pogba missed a second half penalty which would have made the score 2-1.
There was still plenty to be positive about. In theory this is a point gained on last season’s league defeat.
Maguire is reason enough to be excited. United’s centre-back situation finally looks solved with him alongside Victor Lindelöf.
The new signing made six clearances, more than the rest of United’s back four combined.
In possession he was composed, making 88 passes and completing 90 per cent.
He’s already an integral and undroppable player in United’s side.
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