Red Devils played a goalless draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday as the game marked the debut of their new signing, Bruno Fernandes, from Sporting Lisbon. The deal cost around £47.8 million which could potentially rise up to £67.8 million including all the bonuses mentioned in the deal.
At Old Trafford, Manchester United extended their game without a goal after Red Devils failed to breakdown the defence of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Also, the club endured winless three games since they won last against Norwich City at Old Trafford.
It was the Wolverhampton Wanderers who started the game with high intensity. Adama Traore ran through the wings and irritated the left flank of Manchester United for the majority of the first half. Moreover, he could have bagged a goal or an assist but the shots went wide of the post.
Manchester United found it difficult string the passes in the midfield and were able to take their first shot on target in the 40th minute when Bruno shot the ball directly into the hands of Rui Patricio.
In the second half, Manchester United started with a higher intensity and tried to break the resilience of Wolves. To their avail, United got a free-kick wherein Bruno Fernandes went close to scoring with the shot. However, his shot was saved by Rui Patricio. Wolves slowed down the game after Adam Traore went off the field ad conceded the majority of the possession to Old Trafford based outfit.
Happy with my debut 💥 Looking for the next game and grab the 3 points! 🔴⚫️ pic.twitter.com/kXns5b6BhV
— Bruno Fernandes (@B_Fernandes8) February 1, 2020
In the fag end of the game, Diogo Dalot got the head onto the ball but couldn’t find the target after Aaron Wa Bissaka sent in an inviting cross. With the shot firing up wide, the game ended in a dull draw. The game also marked the yellow card for Wolves manager after he was found arguing with the fourth official on the sidelines.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after the game:
“Bruno is a top player,” “It’s the first game.
First half everyone was getting the ball into feet and Bruno is one of those who, when he gets into feet, he wants players moving in front of him and we didn’t [do that]. He’ll be a top addition.”
“It was a game as you expected really. We dominated the game, had loads of possession, they gave us problems on counter attacks and set plays,” Solskjaer said.
“We’ve played so many games in the past few months, the players are down to the bare bones, energy levels are down and they need a break.”
On the other hand, the Wolves tactician Esperito Nuno Santo said:
"We don’t measure ourselves against whether we are playing the ‘big teams’ or not, it’s about how we develop our ideas on the pitch. It’s not about our opponent, it’s about us."
Nuno reflects on yesterday's draw at Old Trafford.
— Wolves (@Wolves) February 2, 2020
“It was a good performance at Old Trafford and a good game for us. United are a good team,”
“It was balanced and both teams had chances and wanted to win. I’m happy with the performance.”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 1, 2020
Currently, Manchester United sit in seventh place after Sheffield United registered a narrow win and Jose Mourinho’ men outwitted Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Sunday.