Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Manchester United – Football Match Report – May 23, 2021

Manchester United‘s 2-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team become the first side to go a Premier League season unbeaten away from home since Arsenal in 2003-04.

United’s run, which stretches back to a defeat at Liverpool in January 2020, saw them win 12 and draw seven of their games on the road this season.

Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles also avoided defeat at home in 2003-04 to become the first, and so far only, team to go through a full season unbeaten.

A makeshift United side ended their Premier League campaign on a high as 19-year old forward Anthony Elanga scored his first goal for the club in Sunday’s win at Molineux.

Elanga fired United ahead in the 13th minute and Juan Mata netted a penalty in first-half stoppage time, giving United the win after wing-back Nelson Semedo had equalised with his maiden goal for Wolves.

With Champions League qualification secured and United bracing for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Spanish side Villarreal, Solskjaer rested his regular starters as Elanga linked up with 18-year-old Amad Diallo in attack.

The Swedish youngster opened the scoring in his second start for United with a thumping header from eight metres after Daniel James picked him out with a fine cross from the left.

A flowing move allowed Semedo to draw level in the 39th minute, before Mata restored United’s lead as he sent home keeper Rui Patricio the wrong way with a coolly taken penalty, given after a lengthy VAR check.

United stayed second on 74 points, 12 behind champions Manchester City, while Wolves finished 13th on 45 points, with their fans giving manager Nuno Espirito Santo a standing ovation after his last game in charge.

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