MANCHESTER: Manchester United suffered their first defeat under interim manager Ralf Rangnick, falling to a 1-0 loss at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League last night.
An 82nd minute strike from Joao Moutinho earned Wolves their first win at Old Trafford since 1980 and moved Bruno Lage’s side up to eighth place.
United, who could have few complaints about the result after a poor performance, remain seventh place on 31 points – four behind Arsenal who currently hold the fourth Champions League spot.
Wolves created a series of chances in the first half but it was not until eight minutes from the end that they made their superiority count when Moutinho pounced on a headed clearance from Phil Jones and fired past David De Gea.
German Rangnick, who is in charge of United until the end of the season after taking over from the sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, saw a disjointed display by his team with little sign of the high-energy pressing style he had initially attempted to introduce.
“We didn’t play well at all individually or collectively. In the first half, we had big problems to keep them away from our goal,” said Rangnick.
“The game showed we still have a lot of work to do. We had too many unforced errors. I don’t want to speak about individual performances of players. It’s an issue of the whole team. It doesn’t make sense,” he added.
The injury-plagued Jones made his first Premier League appearance in almost two years with Rangnick turning to the former England central defender in the absence of Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.
Meanwhile, the Premier League said yesterday it had found 94 new positive Covid-19 cases among players and staff in the last week, the first week-by-week decrease in positive results for eight weeks.