Small moments we loved against Wolves

Friday 02 February 2024 13:00

Manchester United's 4-3 win over Wolves on Thursday night was a bona fide classic in our Premier League history.

The game provided great entertainment for fans all around the world after the action moved back and forth throughout, culminating in Kobbie Mainoo scoring a sensational winner in added time.

Here, our team of United writers and fans highlight the small details that we absolutely loved…


Adam Marshall: I do feel I value aggression more than some fans, particularly among the defenders, having grown up watching games where a fierce sliding tackle could match a goal for the reaction among the crowd. However, it was somewhat pleasing to see the United backline geeing each other up again. There were congratulations and high-fives for notable interventions, which is what I perceive to be generally keeping themselves on their toes. Lisandro Martinez’s return seems relevant here, as his abrasive nature rubs off on others, and I like the idea that the defence are on their mettle. Yes, we conceded three times in the end, but the showing of togetherness, with a common purpose, is one that I appreciate.

90 in 20: Wolves v United Video

90 in 20: Wolves v United

90 in 20 | Trust us, you will want to watch right to the end of this extended cut from Thursday's Molineux trip...


Mark Froggatt: Since his debut against Arsenal, I’ve loved Rasmus Hojlund’s commitment, energy and fight; it’s obvious that he’s desperate to do well for United and, on Thursday, his determination led to a fourth goal in five matches. He had to work hard for it, too, by bravely throwing himself between Jose Sa and Craig Dawson to divert Luke Shaw’s near-post cross into the net. It looked like an own goal in real time, but then came the slow-motion replay that highlighted our man’s deft touch and the realisation he had scored. I loved that footage of him on the ground, trapped between bodies and celebrating with both fists clenched. It summed up his hunger to succeed, and a player who is giving everything. Keep it up, big man.  



Matt Holt:
Not many feelings in football, nor life for that matter, can match that of a last-minute winner. Kobbie Mainoo's stunning effort at Molineux sparked utter pandemonium amongst our travelling Reds in the lower section of the Steve Bull Stand, with the view from the press box simply a sight to behold. Flailing limbs, scarves aloft and voices booming, our fans were duly rewarded for withstanding the cold temperature in the Midlands. What also impressed me were the scenes long after the full-time whistle had sounded. Mainoo and Bruno Fernandes were kept behind by TNT Sports to complete their post-match media duties on the pitch, with plenty of supporters keen to show their appreciation and wait just that little bit longer to perform a final tune of praise.
All The Angles: Mainoo v Wolves Video

All The Angles: Mainoo v Wolves

All The Angles | Seriously, Kobbie Mainoo’s winner at Molineux gets better and better with every watch…


Mikey Partington:
Erik ten Hag has been known to regularly cut a figure of celebratory composure when United have found the net during his tenure, but the boss could not hide his joy at a 97th-minute winner from one of his bright young talents on Thursday evening. If you watch the video of the reactions on the touchline, featuring Erik, you can see the mix of jubilation, passion and relief in his eyes, as he watches the ball hit the back of the net, so soon after it looked as if we would have to settle for a point. Ten Hag may tell you the winner was the best present he could have received, as he celebrates his 54th birthday today.
Watch our split-screen view of Erik reacting to Kobbie's winner.


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