Matt Nichols reflects on an important, if uninspiring win over Wolves...
People often say you'll get punished in the Premier League if you're not 100 per cent focused in every game.
However, that theory was challenged at Old Trafford on Tuesday night when the Reds beat Wolves without actually playing that well, courtesy of a penalty, then a set-piece and finally a piece of sublime open play. Apart from a couple of chances at 0-0, the opposition didn't put up much a fight and our once-again makeshift defence wasn’t really tested.
Of course, as you may have heard in the media today, this was a much-changed Wolves side. Chants of “we want our money back”, “£40 for our reserves” and “where is our first team?” rang out from the away fans' corner. But Mick McCarthy stood by his selection, preserving some of his best players for an important clash against Burnley on Sunday.
Apparently, a Premier League rule states: "In every League match each participating club shall field a full-strength team." However, punishing United's opponents could open up a huge can of worms. I mean, who gets the final say in whether or not a club was fielding their best team? If the FA reprimanded Wolves, would they have to rap the Reds for resting Rooney or Liverpool for benching Gerrard and Torres? In this era, you'd be neglecting half your squad if you always