Mike Phelan reacts to Manchester United's win

Manchester United kept going until the 93rd minute to score a late winner over Wolves.

Bruno Fernandes’ cutting pass over the top found Marcus Rashford in space, who worked into a shooting position, before scoring into the bottom corner – with the help of a deflection.

The goal was enough to secure all three points in a hard fought game which was not much of a spectacle. Indeed if there had been fans in attendance, many would have dozed off by the final whistle.

United kept going though, and the persistence paid off. Assistant coach Mike Phelan sent a message after the victory. He made reference to the game feeling like a slog at times, while hailing the players…

Fitness may have told

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club website he felt superior fitness may have helped United, courtesy of the scheduling.

He said: “You don’t expect a 4-3 or a 5-4 against Wolves, you expect a tight game. They make you really work for the points and we had to work hard tonight and I think maybe the extra day’s recovery helped us, of course, because they looked tired in the last 20 minutes and you think, keep going boys, don’t stop believing. The belief is there in this group.”

The flip side of Solskjaer’s comments is that the next game’s opponents Aston Villa, have one extra day’s rest heading into this match, having played the previous day.

United will be ready though. Scott McTominay and Fred both sat this game out and could start in the centre of midfield. Solskjaer prides United on high fitness levels and the players will be up for the challenge.

The team sit second in the Premier League right now, two points off the top. A big opportunity awaits in 2021.

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