Wolves 2-1 Manchester United: Player Ratings

By Matt Cooper


Wolves came from behind to beat Champions League Quarter Finalists Manchester United in what was a tenacious fightback from the Molineux men. It was the reaction we shouldn’t have needed after Saturday’s drab performance in Lancashire but a fantastic reaction nonetheless.
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Rui Patricio - 8
Probably the best performance we’ve seen from the Portuguese stopper in a Wolves shirt. He made some crucial saves, especially at 1-0 when the game could’ve been wrapped up by the visitors. The only real downside to his game was his distribution, with a large proportion of his goal kicks failing to reach the halfway line. Kept Wolves in the game.

Willy Boly - 8
The colossal defender was just that. He won near enough every aerial duel and kept the in-form Lukaku at bay. Brought the ball out from the back and danced past the United front-line. Played some nice passes into the last third.

Connor Coady - 7
Did what he was expected of him with minimal fuss. Organised the back 3/5 fantastically in the closing stages. Like Boly, he brought the ball out from the back with ease to put Wolves on the front foot.

Ryan Bennett - 7 
Thrown into the side to add a bit more defensive steel to Wolves’ back line and he did just that. I felt that all night that he was hitting and hoping with his passing but had a higher pass accuracy than Boly and Coady. It’s good to see Bennett can do a job when called upon.

Ruben Vinagre - 9
Bombed up and down that lefthand side tirelessly but with strict discipline. A matured performance from the teenager. Had the beating of Dalot every time he went forward with some lovely pieces of trickery. Didn’t do too bad defensively as well.

Joao Moutinho - 8.5
The first 10 minutes he was pulled around by the United midfield but after that period it was all about him. Lasted the full 90 minutes again and looked full of running right until the last whistle. Some player is our Joao.

Ruben Neves - 7.5
Miles better than his Burnley performance. His passing wasn’t up to his magnificent standard but he mucked in and did the defensive part of his game very well. That’s something I feel he’s developed more this season. Stung the hands of De Gea with an audacious volley and was a lot more involved than his performance before.

Leander Dendoncker - 8.5
This man has been a revelation for Wolves. Battled all night with Pogba and came out on top, just like he did in his Anderlecht days. 90% pass accuracy and 6 aerial duels won, the Belgian may have the weirdest running action the Molineux has ever seen but he doesn’t half cover some ground.

Matt Doherty - 7
Didn’t necessarily pull up any trees but performed solidly throughout. Got out to Shaw and Martial when he came on quickly. Some nice link-up play down the right-hand side with Jimenez and was still showing copious amounts of energy in the closing stages. Dangled a leg out in the penalty area as Shaw went passed him which nearly plummeted me into cardiac arrest.

Diogo Jota - 9
That United defence will be glad they won’t have to come up against Jota again this season. That’s twice in how many days that the little wolf has torn them a new hole. He somehow manages to find space in-between the lines and commits players every single time which is why he was the most fouled player on the pitch by a margin of 5. It wasn’t an easy finish for his goal but he slotted it home. You’d want Diogo in your team, whoever you were.

Raul Jimenez - 8.5
A quieter game for his standards and maybe showing some signs of fatigue but playing the full 90 suggests otherwise. An assist for Raul and a 90% passing accuracy shows that he’s a lot more than just a goal scorer. He compliments this side fantastically and I can’t wait to see him down the Molineux again next season. Let’s talk about that rabona cross…

Ivan Cavaleiro 7
Showed glimpses of quality and battled well to go through on goal but his finish was left a little wanting. Cav of old, with a bit more confidence, would’ve scored that.

Jonny - N/A
Didn’t have much time to impact the game but added a bit of defensive bite.

Romain Saiss - N/A


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