Varan scores as Man Utd edge out Wolves in 1-0 Win

Manchester United kicks off their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 victory over Wolves thanks to Raphael Varane’s header.


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Gary O’Neil’s side saw a late penalty claim turned down and would have been deserved winners.

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Man Utd 1-0 Wolves

Raphael Varane’s header secured a 1-0 win for Manchester United despite an unconvincing performance against Wolves at Old Trafford.

However, Gary O’Neil’s visitors had the better of the chances before Varane’s 76th-minute winner.

Matheus Cunha spurned a golden opportunity to put Wolves ahead early in the second half in what was a lively performance by the Brazilian forward.

Alejandro Garnacho started on the wing for Manchester United as Mason Mount was included for his debut.

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Harry Maguire was named on the bench alongside Anthony Martial.

New Wolves boss Gary O’Neil chose Rayan Ait-Nouri over Hugo Bueno in an otherwise predicted line-up as Matheus Cunha was fit enough to start up front.

The returning Sasa Kalajdzic and Fabio Silva were among the substitutes.

Penalty or not?

Karen Carney: “It is a penalty. O’Neil is right to feel aggrieved by it. Onana takes his eye of it and takes out a player – he clatters him.”

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Gary Neville: “I think it is a penalty as Onana is nowhere near the ball. He was always under it and was never getting there.

I always wanted my goalkeeper to come out and take the lot, and he has done that, so in some ways I think he has decided to disturb as much as he can the attacking player. I think it is a penalty.”

Jamie Carragher: “I am not sure. I did not think it would be overturned – it was not a big mistake when you talk about the high bar.”

 “We have just spoken to Jonathan Moss and fair play to him for coming straight out and apologising and saying it was a blatant penalty and should have been given,” said O’Neil.

“It was a tough game,” said Ten Hag. “We can do a lot of things better but also I see a lot of positive things. I saw six or seven good high-ball regains and then we have to take more from the turnovers. In a low block, we defended for our lives and we survived it.”


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