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checking back on his left-footed and unleashing a rasping left-footed effort inside Wayne Hennessey's near post.
Eager to build on that electric start, United maintained the pressure, with Fletcher and Michael Carrick keen to pass positively wherever possible. A second goal should have arrived when Berbatov ferried Fletcher's pass to Rooney, but the striker's volley was comfortably caught by Hennessey.
More incisive play culminated in Nani shooting straight at the Wolves goalkeeper, but the game's flow was quickly - and dramatically - arrested on 10 minutes. A quickly-taken corner from Jarvis caught United napping, and the unmarked Elokobi was on hand to powerfully head past van der Sar.
Buoyed by their quick riposte, and fuelled by memories of eye-catching wins over Chelsea and Manchester City already this season, the home support cranked up the volume. Wolves' players responded by redoubling their own efforts, allowing United no time at all in possession.
The Reds' flow was affected, but still the better chances fell to the visitors. Berbatov headed Nani's cross onto the roof of the net, then stabbed a shot straight at Hennessey, before Nani's free-kick cleared the crossbar by a matter of inches.
Having gained a foothold in the game, however, Wolves soon began to exploit apparent absent-mindedness from United at set-pieces. Another half-cleared corner returned to Jamie O'Hara, whose near-post shot was turned away by van der Sar's legs, while Milijas' free-kick deflected narrowly wide.
Shortly before the break, a set-piece again proved United's undoing. Milijas fizzed in an in-swinging cross from the right-hand side of the area, and