Sir Alex Ferguson in the directors' box at Old Trafford

Monday Briefing: United news from the weekend

Monday 24 September 2018 11:02

Your Monday Briefing provides a general round-up of Manchester United news from the weekend, keeping you up to date with the club…

Despite taking the lead through Fred's maiden goal, the Reds had to settle for a point due to Joao Moutinho's second-half equaliser. The visitors performed well to continue their impressive start to life back in the top flight and it was a disappointing result, particularly with early pacesetters Liverpool and Manchester City both winning comfortably (against Southampton and Cardiff City respectively).

Jose Mourinho believed Wolves deserved the draw because of the intensity and application they showed at Old Trafford. He felt his players did not match this attitude, even though this is always what is required. "They [Wolves] played like I like to play, which is like the World Cup final. That's the attitude I like my teams to have every match. We didn't have that. They did, we didn't. Their attitude made the difference. They were in the game from the first minute. They play every ball and every second in the maximum intensity and desire and we didn't. We started poorly, we started both halves at a low intensity and it's difficult to win matches when you are not there with everything you have."


Highlights: United 1 Wolves 1 Video

Highlights: United 1 Wolves 1

Fred scored his first United goal, when Wolves visited Old Trafford in the Premier League earlier this season...

It was fabulous to see Sir Alex Ferguson back in his seat in the directors' box and he spoke to MUTV beforehand to admit to a few nerves at being greeted again by the adoring home supporters. Unfortunately, it was not the result he wanted but, coming back for the first time since the surgery he had last May, it was a moment to cherish for everybody inside the ground.

Fred became the 500th different goalscorer for United with his low strike past Rui Patricio, discounting own goals by the opposition. Jack Doughty was the first man to hit the net for the club, back in the Newton Heath days in 1886.

Ricky Sbragia's side moved to the summit of Premier League 2 Division 2 with a commanding 2-0 victory at Middlesbrough. Tahith Chong's free-kick opened the scoring, before Joshua Bohui pounced from close range to make the points safe. Trialist Paul Woolston, a goalkeeper formerly with Newcastle United, was one of the unused substitutes.

Mason Greenwood scored two spectacular drives as Neil Ryan's Under-18s won a second consecutive game 4-3, seeing off a spirited challenge from West Brom. Striker Greenwood also provided the assists for Aliou Traore and Brandon Williams to earn three points on the road for the exciting youngsters. 

United Women secured a 5-0 success at London Bees to maintain top spot in the division. Kirsty Hanson, Lauren James, Millie Turner, Mollie Green and Ella Toone ensured a third consecutive victory, in style in the capital.



Tahith Chong and the Under-23s went top after a win in the North East.

Tim Fosu-Mensah, who is on loan at Fulham, said sorry to Watford striker Troy Deeney for a late tackle during the 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage on Saturday. The Dutch defender picked up a yellow card for the incident, in the 32nd minute, and was pleased to see Deeney reply to the Tweet with the message: 'These things happen bro, no hard feelings, good battle, best of luck for the rest of the season.'

James Wilson scored his first goal at Aberdeen, taking only six minutes to slip home a trademark finish for his loan club. It proved to be the only goal of the game against Motherwell. Also in Scotland, Demi Mitchell played in Hearts' goalless draw with Livingston and Matty Willock came on for the final five minutes of St Mirren's 3-0 reverse at Hamilton. Axel Tuanzebe was an unused substitute as Aston Villa lost to Sheffield Wednesday, Joel Pereira was powerless to prevent Porto beating Vitoria Setubal 2-0 and Kieran O'Hara's 10-man Macclesfield Town were also defeated - 2-1 at Morecambe.

Matic explains op decision


Nemanja Matic admits he was playing through the pain barrier towards the end of last season.