Raphael Varane was the difference for Manchester United in their 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in their Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Monday night.
The French defender scored the all-important goal in the 76th minute, heading home Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross to hand the Red Devils all three points.
Erik ten Hag’s side were rather dull, hardly creating a chance of note until Bruno Fernandes found Wan-Bissaka with a superb pass inside the area. The right-back calmly lifted the bouncing ball to the edge of the six-yard box, where Varane used his height to get above Nelson Semedo and head past Jose Sa in the Wolves goal.
Wolves had looked the better side despite only engaging manager Gary O’Neil last week. Matheus Cunha should have put them in front when Pablo Sarabia’s low cross found him unmarked just beyond the far post, but despite steadying himself, the Brazilian hit the outside of a post.
Cunha fizzed a low shot wide just before the break, and Pedro Neto fired straight at Andre Onana before Varane’s decisive effort.
Onana was against called into action, but he saved from Fabio Silva’s two chances. The Cameroonian goalkeeper had charged into Sasa Kalajdzic when he came for a cross but was fortunate to get away with it. O’Neil was booked for his protests for a penalty.
Manchester United held on for the win as Wolves left Old Trafford empty-handed.