After a tense opening, Anthony Martial gave United the lead after 27 minutes with a brilliant left-footed finish into the top corner.
However, moments after Raul Jimenez’s header rattled the inside of the post, Ruben Neves scored a spectacular long-range goal, clipping the underside of the crossbar en route, to put the score on level terms and momentum heavily swung in the home side’s favour. Follow all the action live:
PENALTY! Paul Pogba tumbles over the legs of Conor Coady and Jon Moss points to the spot!
Coady isn’t complaining, despite minimal contact, and that’s a penalty. VAR confirms as such.
Pogba will take…
Ruben Neves can most certainly hit them
“Shoot!” suggest the home faithful as Ruben Neves picks the ball up on halfway.
In the locker?
Marcus Rashford lets fly from 35 yards, wide on the left and mowing the Molineux lawn with a right miscue that scuttles five yards past Rui Patricio’s right-hand post.
Scott McTominay rattles a shot from 20 yards into the shins of Joao Moutinho within touching distance as the home support roar on. Wolves are very much back in this one.
Adama Traore has added something to the Wolves side. He zips inside with a flick and a trick, a stepover working a yard but it is an agricultural swing of the left boot rather than a cultured one. The shot trickles wide.
VAR are checking this – Joao Moutinho might have been offside as Diogo Jota returned the short corner to him.
It’s just his arm offside. This’ll count.
Here it comes – the goal stands! Jon Moss points to halfway, and Wolves are level!
Off the post!
A good area indeed! Raul Jimenez makes a run from deep and gets across a leaden-footed Marcus Rashford, flicking his free header on and past a motionless David De Gea.
It thumps against the woodwork and away off the goalkeeper. Wolves are coming…
Adama Traore is crash test dummied by Harry Maguire’s shoulder after untangling himself from a tight spot. Five yards from the right corner of the box, and Joao Moutinho will look to put this in a good area…
Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka combine tidily and the latter cross nicely, but Jesse Lingard swings haphazardly at the bouncing ball, and it bumps backwards from his thigh.
Wolves win a corner, but Diogo Jota is down for the moment after being caught awkwardly by a slipping Daniel James.
James was booked, remember, for a dive in the first half, and if perceived a certain way you could argue that he deserves a yellow for that. He’s caught Jota with his studs on the ankle. Inadvertent, yes, but he could have had few arguments had he received his marching orders.
The corner comes to nothing as Jota tries to run it off. He’s soon back on.
Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial sprint away from a two-pronged kick-off, curiously a couple of yards apart like U-15s playing a couple of age groups down, but these are professional footballers, and thus their attempts to pass around the tacklers in close proximity are very quickly shut down.
Wolves were pushed deeper and deeper in that half, which is the only real way to combat raw pace.
They’ve their own speedster to introduce – Adama Traore is going through a serious warmup and will be on for Matt Doherty, who is carrying a little knock. Traore at right wing-back has been tried a couple of times in the past, and he should at least be able to combat the pure athleticism Manchester United possess.
A very enjoyable 45 minutes of football, that, and a particularly good one for Manchester United. They’ve been excellent, on the front foot from the start, and threatening throughout thanks to a mobile and multi-faceted front four that has worked together wonderfully.
Wolves are still very much in the contest, though, without finding their best football, and despite seeing just 31% of possession, have looked bothersome in limited opportunities to get forward. They’ve also allowed just two shots on goal – they have real steel at the back to limit clear chances, and while they are just one goal behind they’ll be quietly confident of finding an equaliser at the very least.
45 + 1 minutes
Chance, real chance!
Ryan Bennett’s back pass is awfully underweight and Anthony Martial is there before a sliding Willy Boly, but in leaping past his fellow Frenchman he loses his stride pattern and can only stand on the ball with Rui Patricio looking rather vulnerable.
And that’ll be the half…
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What time is kick-off?
The match will begin at 20:00 on Monday 19 August.
Where can I watch it?
The game is being broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD.
You can also watch via Now TV with an annual subscription.
Sky subscribers can also stream the match via the Sky Go app.
Wolves XI: Rui Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Castro, Jimenez, Jota
Man Utd XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw, Pereira, McTominay, Pogba, Lingard, Martial, Rashford
Manchester United: 13/10