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Five-star United crush sorry Wolves

Manchester United opened a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League and clinched yet another away win by demolishing 10-man Wolves.

United had the sealed by halftime and the second half was little more than a practice match, while Wolves’catalogue of errors served as perfect ad for their relegation credentials.

In a season marred by European failure, United seem to have hit form at the most important part of the domestic season, as they produced an excellent performance, the perfect response following Thursday’s capitulation against Athletic Bilbao.

United went into the game with 12 wins in the last 15 and playing as league leaders for the first time since October. Playing as league leaders they definitely did as Rooney, Welbeck and Hernandez ran riot, while Valencia was back to his mesmerising best as he tore Wolves up. Scholes  – playing his 689th game for the club overtaking Bill Foulkes to become the club’s third-highest appearance maker – and Carrick were their usual composed self in midfield while the back four enjoyed a quiet afternoon which had started with both teams and sets of fans united in a minute of applause for Fabrice Muamba.

Wolves, a side whose dismal off the pitch is mirrored by the players’ performances, did themselves no favours after being reduced to 10-man with the game only 40 minutes old when Ronald Zubar clattered Danny Welbeck.

The challenge epitomised Wolves’s season of misjudgments on and off the pitch and the Wolves right-back was shown a second yellow card, having previously being booked for a lunge on Wayne Rooney.

By then United were already 1-0 up as Jonny Evans had scored his first goal for the club.

Rooney’s corner found Carrick who had drifted away unmarked and the midfielder headed the ball towards the centre of the box where Evans finished coolly, with the swiftness of a man more used to scoring goals rather than preventing them.

Wolves, whose only chance of the first half came through a Steven Fletcher header that went narrowly wide, could have been behind even earlier as Rafael’s cross from the right was inches away from making contact with Hernandez’s leg. Terry Connor’s side capitulated after Zubar was sent for an early shower, though, as they conceded twice before halftime.

The first of the two goals was a footballing lesson on counter-attacking football. Following a Wolves corner, Rooney received the ball in his own half and his lofted pass down the right flank found Valencia, whose unchallenged 40 yards run was capped with a brilliant right-footed finish.

Two minutes later, the Ecuadorian turned provider when, after being picked out by a superb cross-field pass by Jonny Evans, he pulled the ball back for Welbeck, whose first time finish gave United a 3-0 lead at halftime.

United should have probably had a penalty earlier on, when Richard Stearman was fortunate to escape punishment for his body check on Hernandez inside the box, a decision that left the Mexican incensed.

Chicharito placated his fury in the second half as he scored his side’s fourth and fifth goal.

With 11 minutes gone in the second half, Wolves defence completely switched off allowing Rafael to cross unchallenged and then forgetting Hernandez in acres of space a few yards away from the goal leaving him to head the ball past Hennessey.

Wolves are fighting to maintain their Premier League status but such shambolic defending explains why they’ve now lost six on the bounce and conceded 14 goals in their last 4 games for a meager return of one point.

The fifth goal was again produced after some splendid work by Valencia. The United winger played a clever one-two with Welbeck who back-heeled the ball back to his teammate before Valencia’s cross found Hernandez at the far post where the Mexican made no mistakes, sidefooting the ball into the roof of the net for his tenth league goal of the season.

Fabio and Pogba replaced Evra and Carrick and Wolves’ only chances in the second half came late on as DeGea saved from a Steven Fletcher header and Michael Kightly effort from outside the box, before Ward missed the simplest off the header.

United could have had a sixth goal but Hennessey produced an excellent save to deny Welbeck after yet more appalling defending from Wolves.

Fergie and his players will now be interested spectators as City welcome Chelsea on Wednesday night, looking to reduce the gap. In the meantime, United have ticked off another game.

Daniele (@MUFC_dan87)



  1. johnwolf

    18 March 2012 at 21:41

    yeh after we had been reduced to ten men by a corrupt, bribed ref, you still ain’t won SFA – City for the title.

    • Muadh

      18 March 2012 at 22:56

      @johnwolf: well, SFA won’t win anything. SAF already won it, just a matter of time

    • thatboywazza

      19 March 2012 at 07:49

      @johnwolf: Lol.Did they let the loony’s out of the loony bin again?

    • Ian

      19 March 2012 at 16:14



      Why all the dislikes…….this is piss funny!! 😆 😆 😆

  2. AndyCR7

    19 March 2012 at 10:07

    Best winger in the game at the moment.

  3. Tommy the Terror

    19 March 2012 at 10:45

    Johnwolf is a loony, he is on every Wolves website spouting his bile at anyone who has a bad word to say about Wolves or his ‘father’ Mick McCarthy.
    Ignore anything he writes because he is an old man who has nothing in his life but Wolves FC and take that away and he would be a very lonely old git and probably even more of a loony!

  4. Owen

    19 March 2012 at 11:06

    Wish you a Very Happy B’Day Eddy 🙂

    • RedDevilEddy

      19 March 2012 at 17:54

      @Owen: Thanks mate! 😀 You enjoy your day too, hope to see more of this Owen the coming year!

      • Moscow is my heaven

        20 March 2012 at 11:24

        @RedDevilEddy: Happy Birthday Eddy, our birthdays are 2 days apart! 🙂

  5. Owen

    19 March 2012 at 16:09

    Valencia makes Nani look like a petulant baby.

    • Ian

      19 March 2012 at 16:33

      Nani *IS* a petulant baby!

  6. Ian

    19 March 2012 at 16:20

    I tell you what, they might be utter shite and a team I’d be happy to wave goodbye to after the way they celebrated their win over us in Rio’s last game before his suspension all those years ago (I was there, treated like an animal by the old bill and Kenny Millers winning goal *I think* must’ve won them the World Cup or something!)

    Well Wolves…..the day you go down will be equally celebrated by me, just a pity it’s not us playing you the day it happens, I’d love to be at Molyneux that day! 🙂

    Anyway….where was I, oh yes, their utterly shite defence. Well despite that, they’ve got someone who I think is one of England’s most underrated (yes Opti, there’s an underrated Englishman playing football 😆 !) players

    Matt Jarvis, think he’s class, would actually love to see him snapped up by United if I’m honest….I know some will laugh and say he’s not ‘World Class enough’ but with our need for value I reckon he’s got value written all over him in a similar way Antonio Valencia did, and look what’s happened there! 🙂

  7. jos

    20 March 2012 at 07:24

    Valencia is top of the Assists charts (with 14 this season) would you believe it! What an incredible buy he has been! Nani is just behind him (I think on 12) and Giggsy on the third place. All stats from Redcafe.

  8. RedDevilEddy

    20 March 2012 at 09:40

    Out of the Europa League, yet we still don’t have a single game on Saturday in the run in…. Fucks sake! Fulham this monday, sorry lads but weekend aint the same without United playing. 🙁 I hate Monday fixtures!

    • AndyCR7

      20 March 2012 at 10:18

      @RedDevilEddy: These weekday matches and la liga matches start at 1.30 AM in the morning here in India. I have got grey hair before marriage due to this late night footy 😛

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