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Wolves 1-1 Manchester United: Three hits and flops

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Published Aug 20, 2019
Aug 20, 2019 IST

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Pogba's miss cost United two points.

Here are three players who were far below their standards, who could've done a lot better, especially with their quality.


#3 Paul Pogba

The French World Cup-winner Paul Pogba, like on many occasions, seemed to lack the flair and grace that he has when he's on song despite some moments of brilliance. His touches were often poor, he lost the ball on too many occasions.

But the biggest talking point is his missed penalty. Marcus Rashford has taken some brilliant penalties in the past, as we saw his strike against Chelsea. It's unclear why Pogba took it ahead of Rashford, but Solskjaer claims its "on the slides in the powerpoint", and that it's between them to decide who feels more confident about taking them.

Regardless, his penalty miss might have directly cost United two points. Pogba needs to find his rhythm again, and he surely will, because will United rely heavily on the Frenchman throughout the season.



#2 Daniel James


James vs Wolverhampton Wanderers.
James vs Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Stretford end hero last weekend didn't really feel like a hero tonight. Daniel James had a really difficult game, and nothing he did seemed to work out. Sure he was troubling Jonny and Willy Boly with his pace down the right wing, but he failed to produce any deliveries of consequence from that side. He got booked for diving early in the game after which he had to play with caution.

He was kicked and fouled by the Wolves defenders on numerous occasions, he was booed by the Molineux crowd everytime he got the ball. This has certainly been, and will be up there as one of the harder tests for young James in the Premier League this season. He could definitely work on his crossing and decision making, he's one of those young prospects who'll only get better with age and experience in this league.



#1 Jesse Lingard


Jesse Lingard in action during the game.
Jesse Lingard in action during the game.

Safe to say, Jesse Lingard had a really poor game. He lost the ball too many times and didn't make some of the runs his teammates would've liked. His slashed effort on goal, which he would normally bury in the back of the net, cost United dearly.

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His qualities are in high-pressing football, which worked in his favor against Chelsea last weekend, but not quite so against Wolves who are very different from Chelsea and play on the counter. But Jesse is not to blamed alone as United's midfield was poor in general. The coordination just wasn't there as we saw against Chelsea.

United will have to learn from and improve on the numerous mistakes and flaws in this game. Fans will hope they only go upwards from here. They will have to get behind Solskjaer regardless of the results at this point. Wolves look like a side who relish any opportunity to play against the top six sides, just like they did last season. Nuno Espirito Santo's men might again cause more than one upset this season, as the men in yellow will hope for a top-six finish themselves.

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