Man United drop points against Wolverhampton
Manchester United's Anthony Martial (L) celebrates after scoring a goal against Wolverhampton in a Premier League match in Wolverhampton, England, on Monday, Aug. 19. EFE/EPA/PETER POWELL/EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Wolverhampton's Ruben Neves (L) watches his shot beat Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea during a Premier League match in Wolverhampton, England, on Monday, Aug. 19. EFE/EPA/PETER POWELL/EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (C) reacts after Wolverhampton goalkeeper Rui Patricio saves a penalty during a Premier League match in Wolverhampton, England, on Monday, Aug. 19. EFE/EPA/PETER POWELL/EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Wolverhampton, England, Aug 19 (efe-epa).- Manchester United managed only a 1-1 draw here Monday against Wolverhampton as Paul Pogba failed to convert a penalty that would likely have assured the visitors of all three points.
The contest with Wolves - unbeaten in three matches against the Red Devils last season - represented a chance for United to prove that their impressive 4-0 triumph over Chelsea in last week's 2019-2020 Premier League opener was no fluke.
The hosts were content to let United have the ball and wait for chances on the counter, but the strategy didn't take account of the pace of the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
The Frenchman narrowly missed connecting with a Rashford cross in the 18th minute. Eight minutes later, the England international directed a perfect ball into his path and Martial slammed it into the back of the net to put the visitors ahead 1-0.
Wolverhampton seemed at a loss for a response, sticking to their original plan despite the need for an equalizer, while United continued to create chances.
The hosts improved in the second half with the entry into the match of Adama Traore, who contributed dynamism and a vertical dimension to Wolves' attack.
Wolves got their first genuine opportunity of the night in the 53rd minute, when Raul Jimenez got his head to João Moutinho's free kick, but the post intervened.
A minute later, Ruben Neves brought the home side level with a spectacular strike from outside the area. The goal was upheld after a VAR review for offside.
Wolverhampton eased up after getting the equalizer, all but inviting Man United to intensify their attack, and the increased pressure led to a foul in the 68th minute against Paul Pogba.
While Rashford generally takes penalties for United, Pogba stepped to the spot on this occasion and watched as Wolverhampton keeper Rui Patricio made the save to preserve the deadlock.
Both sides had chances before the final whistle, but the contest ended 1-1.
United are tied with cross-town rivals Manchester City on points with 4, but the Citizens sit ahead of the Red Devils in third place on goal difference.
Both trail Liverpool and Arsenal, with 6 points each. The Reds lead the Premier League on goals.
Wolverhampton are 13th after starting the campaign with a pair of draws. EFE