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Manchester United 0-0 Wolves: Fernandes debut ends in dour draw

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United travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea next, while Wolves host Leicester City at Molineux.

There goes the final whistle! Wolves were better in the first half but United grew into the game and dominated the second period. However, neither side were able to find a winner, with Dalot missing a gilt-edged last-minute chance from Wan-Bissaka’s cross. It finishes 0-0 at Old Trafford!

90′ + 5′ FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 WOLVES

90′ + 4′ MISS! WHAT A MISS! Dalot arrives in the box to meet Wan-Bissaka’s cross but he loses his footing at the last moment and his stooped header is agonisingly wide of the post! That was the chance to win the game!

90′ + 3′ United are pouring men forward in search of a late winner but Wolves are clinging on.

L. Dendoncker

R. Jiménez

Wolverhampton Wanderers

90′ + 1′ Jimenez is now brought off, with Dendoncker coming on to help see the game out.

90′ The Wolves players look like they are out on their feet. Jimenez in particular has worked very hard and looks to be running on empty.

Diogo Dalot

D. James

Manchester United

88′ James is also replaced by Dalot out wide in the second of those changes.

J. Lingard

Mata

Manchester United

88′ Mata goes off for Lingard as the first part of a double-change for United.

87′ MISS! The ball breaks kindly for Maguire at the back post and he swipes at the ball, but completely miscues it and sends it back across goal rather than on target! What a waste of a chance!

86′ SAVE! Podence heads back into the box following the corner and Jimenez is all on his own! He sidefoots towards the bottom corner but it’s a poor effort and De Gea saves! The flag then goes up for offside anyway.

85′ BLOCK! Doherty gets away down the right and tries to thump in from a tight angle, but Maguire is in the way and turns behind for a corner!

L. Shaw

Yellow Card

Manchester United

84′ Shaw goes in very late on Podence and picks up a well-deserved yellow card.

82′ Bruno Fernandes (5) has had as many shots as the rest of the United squad combined in this game so far.

80′ OVER! Saiss gets free at the back post to meet a free-kick from the left but gets right underneath it and heads wastefully over the bar!

V. Lindelöf

Yellow Card

Manchester United

79′ Lindelof fouls Neto out wide and eanrs himself a yellow card for the challenge.

78′ SAVE! WHAT A SAVE! Greenwood cuts in from the right and strikes a fierce effort at goal that takes a big deflection off Boly and then another off Coady that sends it into the grateful arms of the diving Patricio! 

Daniel Podence

Adama Traoré

Wolverhampton Wanderers

76′ That chance is now made, with Podence coming on for his debut in place of Traore.

74′ Traore his down holding his knee and grimacing. It looks like this time, he may well have to be replaced.

M. Greenwood

Andreas Pereira

Manchester United

72′ That shot is Pereira’s last action and he is replaced by Greenwood as Solskjaer chases a winning goal.

72′ SAVE! Pereira forces a save out of Patricio with a thumped effort low at his near post. The keeper had it covered all the way, though.

João Moutinho

Yellow Card

Wolverhampton Wanderers

71′ Moutinho picks up the third booking of the game for handball.

Pedro Neto

Diogo Jota

Wolverhampton Wanderers

70′ Jota, who started brightly but has faded since, is now replaced by Neto in the first change of the game.

69′ SAVE! Jota sweeps the ball wide to Jimenez on the right and the striker takes an excellent touch to control. He surges forward and blasts a shot at the near post from a tight angle, but De Gea pushes it over the bar!

68′ Nuno was booked a few minutes agi for something he said to the fourth official. Two of the five yellow cards given to managers in Premier League games this season have been for the Wolves boss (also against Liverpool in December).

66′ BLOCK! Fred sees a shot blocked and Traore leads a breakaway. United are passive defensively, allowing the visitors to work the ball in and around the box and it’s eventually worked back to the winger, but his effort is also blocked.

64′ The game has been lacking a spark in the last 10 minutes or so. Both managers may be tempted to turn to their benches in search of answers.

62′ Wolves have been much less dangerous since the restart. Their wide players are much less involved and they are breaking much less regularly than in the first half.

60′ CLOSE! Mata takes the ball on the half-turn and strikes on the swivel towards the bottom-right corner, but it’s agonisingly wide of the post!

58′ SAVE! Fernandes strikes the resulting free-kick and there’s enough dip to get it on target in the top-left corner, but it’s not quite got the pace to take it past Patricio, who scrambles across his line to make the save!

Rúben Neves

Yellow Card

Wolverhampton Wanderers

57′ Neves slides in recklessly and late on Mata and picks up a deserved yellow card. That was a very poor challenge.

Bruno Fernandes

Yellow Card

Manchester United

55′ Fernandes marks his debut with a yellow card now as he hauls Jimenez down to prevent him from breaking away.

54′ United are favouring attacking down their left side and looking to use quick combinations on that flank, but they’re lacking penetration into the box.

52′ JOTA! What a run from Jota! He knocks the ball past Lindelof and runs around him to collect it before chopping past Maguire in the box, but he just loses his footing at the last moment and can’t finish the chance! That would have been a spectacular goal.

50′ CHANCE! The ball is played through a gap in the middle for Jota and he tries to backheel cleverly into the path of Jimenez, but Wan-Bissaka gets in the way! The ball looks to touch his hand, but no penalty is given!

48′ United have won just one of their last nine Premier League games when level at half-time (D4 L4), a 2-1 victory against Tottenham in December 2019.

46′ We’re back under way for the second half! No changes for either side at the break.

Nuno will likely be the happier of the two managers at the break, with Jota in particular causing problems out wide, although he will be concerned about Traore’s shoulder injury, as losing the winger would be a real blow to Wolves’ hopes. Little separates these teams in the table and it has been the same so far on the pitch tonight – it’s all still to play for in the second half.

There goes the half-time whistle! Wolves started the half strongly, but De Gea pulled out a spectacular save to deny Doherty on his 300th appearance for United. The Red Devils grew into the game and Fernandes eventually recorded the hosts’ sole shot on target after 40 minutes, but neither side could find a breakthrough. It’s 0-0 at half-time.

45′ + 2′ HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 WOLVES

45′ + 1′ That lull in proceedings has disrupted the momentum United had been building and the half is slowly petering out now.

44′ Traore is down clutching his left shoulder after a tussle with Maguire, who had a hold of his left arm. He’s receiving treatment and t looks like he will at least see out the half.

42′ United are finishing the half strongly and are gaining momentum as they look to go ahead just before the break.

40′ Fernandes has another go from another Shaw cut-back but this strike takes a deflection and bounces harmlessly wide.

39′ SAVE! Shaw’s cut-back finds its way to Fernandes just outside the box and he strikes it cleanly with the outside of his boot, but the effort is straight at Patricio, who holds on confidently! That’s United’s first shot on target of the game.

37′ United are still waiting for their first shot on target of the game. Only against Crystal Palace in August (58th minute), have they had to wait longer in a Premier League game at Old Trafford this season.

35′ WIDE! Jota cuts inside from the left and sweeps the ball across the field to Traore. The winger drives inside before hitting a fierce, swerving effort that flies just the wrong side of the near post! Doherty had made a great overlapping run, however, and is furious he wasn’t played in!

34′ NO PENALTY! Jonny goes over in the box under pressure as he chases a ball into the area, but the referee blows for a free-kick to Manchester United instead!

33′ WIDE! Fernandes takes a shot on from distance at a tight angle on the right. It swerves dangerously towards the near post, but Patricio watches it all the way as it sails past the upright!

32′ Jota carries the ball from left to right and drags his side forward, but there aren’t enough options to make the killer pass and the attack fizzles out.

30′ Wolves have a free-kick of their own at the other end in shooting range and Neves stands over this one. He gets underneath it, however, and balloons it over the bar. There was no dip on that strike.

28′ Martial uses his body well to shield the ball and earns a free-kick to the right of goal in a good position to deliver. Fernandes sends the ball in, but it’s a disappointing cross and it goes behind for a goal-kick.

26′ Maguire picks the ball up in an advanced position and drives forward with it before unleashing a long-range effort at goal. However, the defender gets it all wrong and slices well wide of the target.

24′ Traore slips over as he tries to take on Fred but he manages to get back to his feet and keep hold of the ball before curling a cross to the back post. Nobody can meet it, however, and Jota sends it back in, but it’s cleared away.

22′ Wolves put a sweeping move together as Neves plays a lovely first-time pass through for Doherty on the right, who steers a low cross towards Jimenez at the back post, but it’s just about cleared by Maguire!

20′ SAVE! Great save! The second corner is lofted to Doherty at the back post and he loops a header towards the top-right corner that De Gea just manages to palm aside! 

19′ Wolves respond by surging up the other end and forcing a corner, which is turned behind for another by Fred.

17′ WIDE! United put together some nice exchanges down the left and it’s worked back into the middle for Pereira to strike first-time, but he thumps the effort wide!

15′ Moutinho has stayed down after getting a kick from Fernandes as he went for the ball. He’s given some treatment and hobbles to the sidelines, but looks like he will be able to run it off.

13′ Traore skips past Shaw but does well to stay on his feet and lift a cross into the middle for Jota, but he just can’t steer the effort past Maguire.

12′ United are pressing high now as they try to prevent Wolves playing their way out from the back. The visitors are enjoying a strong spell of possession.

10′ Wolves have started this game better and look a more cohesive side than United so far.

8′ Jota draws the attention of two defenders and tries to slip the ball through for the underlapping run of Jonny into the box, but it’s a fraction too heavy and he can’t latch onto it!

6′ Jota drives down the left and tries to work himself a yard in the box but he’s crowded out and it eventually runs through for De Gea.

5′ OVER! The corner falls for Saiss in the box with his back to goal. He swivels and tries to fire one at goal, but he gets underneath it and blazes over the bar!

4′ Saiss meets the delivery in the box but his header deflects off Lindelof and goes behind for a corner.

3′ Jota wins a free-kick in a promising area to deliver into the box as Pereira is all over him. Moutinho stands over it.

1′ We’re under way at Old Trafford!

However, the Red Devils have failed to score in seven of their 24 Premier League games this season, equalling their total from the entirety of 2018-19. United have drawn a blank in three of their last four Premier League matches, including each of the last two, which they lost.

Manchester United are unbeaten in 11 home games against Wolves in all competitions (W9 D2) since losing 0-1 in February 1980 in a top-flight match – they haven’t trailed for a single minute in all those 11 unbeaten games.

Meanhwile, Nuno Espirito Santo makes just two alterations to the team that were narrowly beaten by runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool in their last outing. Dendoncker and Neto are on the bench, with Jota and Boly coming into the side. New arrival Podence is also in the squad, but Ruben Vinagre is still out with a thigh injury.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes four changes from the side that started the in the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final against Manchester City. There’s a debut for new signing Fernandes in midfield, while Pereira, Mata and James also come into the team. Williams, Lingard and Greenwood drop to the bench, while Nemanja Matic is suspended and misses out along with injured quintet Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, Paul Pogba, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Marcus Rashford. Loan signing Odion Ighalo does not make the squad.

Wolves substitutes: Pedro Neto, Maximilian Kilman, Morgan Gibbs-White, Daniel Podence, Leander Dendoncker, John Ruddy, Bruno Jordao.

Wolves XI (3-4-3): Rui Patricio; Willy Boly, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss; Matt Doherty, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Jonny; Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota.

Manchester United substitutes: Diogo Dalot, Brandon Williams, Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard, Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong, Sergio Romero.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Andreas Pereira, Fred; Juan Mata, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James; Anthony Martial.

Goal-difference is all that separates fifth-placed Manchester United from seventh-placed Wolves, and both sides will be looking for a positive result to gain ground on the top four tonight after Leicester City drew with Chelsea earlier today.

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