Manchester Utd 2 Wolves 1
Manchester United 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Old Trafford Stadium, English Premier League Fixture, November 6, 2010. Two goals from Ji-sung Park saw Manchester United collect three vital points at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Park recorded the opening goal on the stroke of half-time and then hit a late winner as he leapt into the box and hammered the ball past Marcus Hahnemann with less than a minute remaining of the tussle.
Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers had already met once at Old Trafford in the 2010-11 campaign, with a late goal from Javier Hernandez securing a narrow 3-2 triumph for the hosts in the Fourth Round of the Carling Cup on the 26th of October. The Red Devils had to cope without Luis Nani and Wayne Rooney for the Premier League clash with Wanderers, while Rio Ferdinand returned for the game after being left behind when Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad had travelled to Turkey to take on Turkish Super League Champions Bursaspor in the UEFA Champions League four days earlier. Manchester United also welcomed back former England international Owen Hargreaves after his battle with chronic tendinitis, but, unfortunately, the midfielder made a failed comeback as his first start since the 21st of September 2008 lasted barely five minutes. As for Wolverhampton, manager Mick McCarthy had made as many as seven changes to the starting line-up from their previous match against United. Despite of the fact that Manchester United were five points behind fierce rivals Chelsea, the 2009-10 runners up were unbeaten so far in the 2010-11 season, and after having sorted out the Wayne Rooney affair, the club now aimed to concentrate on football when hosting the West Midlanders. And although The Old Gold and Black sought to extract revenge on United for being knocked out of the League Cup by The Reds the week before, it was Ferguson´s players who produced the opening goal.
Shortly before the sound of the half time signal, Scottish midfielder Darren Fletcher provided a great splitting pass which allowed South Korean international Ji-sung Park to strike his first goal of the contest. Twenty minutes after the restart, though, former Manchester United forward Sylvain Ebanks-Blake grabbed the equaliser for the visitors as he managed to outmaneuver Serbian stopper Nemanja Vidic before he nutmegged home goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar. Wolves looked to be on their way to a fully deserved point, but a momentary lapse of concentration in the 93rd minute of the evenly contested encounter handed United the winning goal as Park floated over the ground like a ghost and eventually fired the ball into the back of the net to give Sir Alex an ideal 24th anniversary present as manager of the Old Trafford club. Manchester United Team: Edwin van der Sar, Wesley Brown, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, John O´Shea, Darren Fletcher, Ji-sung Park, Gabriel Obertan, Owen Hargreaves, Javier Hernandez. Substitutes: Paul Scholes, Jonathan Evans, Fabio da Silva, Chris Smalling, Bebe, Federico Macheda, Tomasz Kuszczak. Wolverhampton Wanderers Team: Marcus Hahnemann, Christophe Berra, Kevin Foley, Richard Stearman, Stephen Ward, David Edwards, Stephen Hunt, Karl Henry, Matt Jarvis, Nenad Milijas, Kevin Doyle. Substitutes: Wayne Hennessey, George Elokobi, Steven Mouyokolo, Michael Mancienne, Jelle Van Damme, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Steven Fletcher.