Manchester Utd 4 Wolves 1
Manchester United 4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Old Trafford, English Premier League, December 10, 2011. After suffering a disappointing 2-1 defeat against reigning Swiss Super League Champions FC Basel in the Champions League, Manchester United silenced their critics with an emphatic 4-1 Premier League win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Second placed Manchester United eased to a fully deserved and ultimately comfortable 4-1 triumph against relegation candidates Wolverhampton courtesy of a double each from Luis Nani and Wayne Rooney in a match which was more or less a one-sided affair as the confident hosts dominated the possession of the ball and produced the vast majority of goal scoring opportunities during the ninety minutes. The convincing victory against Wanderers not only gave Sir Alex Ferguson´s men the perfect tonic following the embarrassing and unexpected 2-1 group stage loss to Swiss minnows FC Basel in the Champions League three days earlier, it also proved their ability to lift themselves up when they were down. And although Manchester United had to cope without the services of key players such as defender Nemanja Vidic; midfielders Oliveira Anderson and Tom Cleverley; and forward Javier Hernandez for the Premier League encounter against Wolverhampton, The Reds controlled proceedings almost throughout the game and the visitors never really stood a chance against a hungry and fired-up home side despite a spirited comeback in the early stages of the second half.
Typifying his style, Nani helped Manchester United get their title hopes back on track following seventeen minutes of action as the creative wing forward opened the scoring account with a well placed low shot past Wolves and Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and into the bottom left-hand corner of the net before Rooney added a second goal ten minutes later. Scotland international Steven Fletcher managed to pull one back for The Old Gold and Black when he beat David de Gea with a header from a Matt Jarvis cross a mere two minutes into the second frame, but in the fifty-sixth minute of the clash the inform Nani found the net again for United as did Rooney a couple of minutes past the hour mark. Following the 4-1 dismantling of Mick McCarthy´s troubled Wolverhampton, Manchester United had now gained thirty-six points from fifteen matches and were only two points adrift of table toppers Manchester City who lost 2-1 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Sir Alex Ferguson: “Our attacking play was terrific and we could have scored a lot more today. I thought that our wide positions were a problem for Wolverhampton. Luis Nani and Antonio Valencia kept their full backs occupied the whole match. They got right behind the young players and that was good. You hope that it puts pressure on Manchester City and Chelsea, but the important thing is to get our game right. And if we get to New Year‘s Day in the frame we have a great chance in the second half of the Premier Leauge campaign.” Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Luis Nani, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck. Substitutes: Zeki Fryers, Darron Gibson, Ashley Young, Ryan Giggs, Ji-Sung Park, Federico Macheda, Anders Lindegaard. Wolverhampton Wanderers Team: Wayne Hennessey, Ronald Zubar, Roger Johnson, Christophe Berra, Stephen Ward, Jamie O’Hara, David Edwards, Karl Henry, Matt Jarvis, Steven Fletcher, Kevin Doyle. Substitutes: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Nenad Milijas, Richard Stearman, George Elokobi, Adam Hammill, Stephen Hunt, Dorus de Vries.
Manchester United Quickfacts
Manchester United overcame Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 in a Premiership fixture at Old Trafford on the sixth of November 2010 thanks to a brace by South Korea international Ji-Sung Park.