The victory puts Paul McGuinness’ side back on track in the Barclays U18 Premier League following a run of three consecutive defeats and provides a much-welcomed confidence boost ahead of Thursday’s pivotal FA Youth Cup fourth round tie with Leicester City.
The match started at a competitive pace and the Reds took the lead after just 14 minutes when Pereira rounded the Wanderers goalkeeper to finish with aplomb, despite the efforts of a nearby defender who unsuccessfully tried to clear the ball off the line.
Moments later, United were awarded a penalty but the chance to double the advantage was missed by Wilson, whose straight-laced penalty was well-saved by the home glovesman. Disappointingly, the youngster also blazed the rebound over the crossbar.
Wolves stepped up a gear after the break, though it was the Reds who were more clinical in front of goal and Wilson soon made amends for his spot-kick woes by outmuscling a defender, dribbling past the keeper and skilfully slotting home.
With the clock ticking on, Pereira then hit the post before the Wolves netted a fine riposte on the counter attack, prompting a slightly frantic finale in which the gallant hosts tried to salvage a point. Thankfully, United held on to record an excellent win.
United: J Pereira; Riley, McConnell, Ioannou, Barber; Janko, Harrop, Willock, Mitchell (Goss 67); A Pereira; Wilson. Subs not used: McTominay, Henderson, Borthwick-Jackson.