Man United beats Wolves 4-1 in Premier League
Wayne Rooney ended his goal drought by scoring twice as
Manchester United responded to its midweek Champions League exit
with a 4-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
Rooney hadn’t scored in eight Premier League matches since Oct.
1 but his double and two goals from Nani took United to within two
points of leader Manchester City, which plays at Chelsea on
United failed to make it through the Champions League group
stage for only the third time after being beaten by FC Basle on
”On Wednesday, we worked our socks off and didn’t get a break,
but against Wolves we worked our socks off and got the breaks. Some
of the football was fantastic,” United manager Alex Ferguson said.
”They’re all disappointed about Wednesday and the young players
haven’t experienced a bad defeat like that before, but it will be a
good thing for them.
”You hope (the win over Wolves puts City under pressure) but
the important thing is to have our game right. If we get to New
Year’s Day in the frame, we’ve got a great chance in the second
half of the season. Wayne goes in spurts and he scored 11 in the
early part of the season. We’re now in an important part of the
season and if he can do that again it will put us in good
Nani gave the hosts an early lead, which was doubled by Rooney
in the 27th minute before Steven Fletcher pulled one back for
Wolves just after halftime. But Nani then added a third and Rooney
fired in a fourth.
Ferguson had spoken of his certainty that his players would
respond to their disappointment, and they certainly looked in the
mood from the very start against Wolves.
Fletcher, however, was actually the first to threaten by hitting
a low shot that flew narrowly wide after a quick break in the
opening minute. But after that, United was dominant and should have
been more than two goals ahead at the interval.
Rooney was a constant threat but Michael Carrick went the
closest with a powerful header that flew just past the top corner
of Wayne Hennessey’s goal.
The breakthrough came in the 17th minute, when Nani was afforded
the space to cut in from the left and find the bottom corner of the
net with a powerful low drive.
Ten minutes later, Rooney made it 2-0 after receiving a pass
from Nani, then taking a touch to give himself the room to thump a
shot past Hennessey from 20 yards.
Rooney was again denied by Hennessey after a sliding pass from
the impressive Danny Welbeck, while Nani was also thwarted by the
Wales goalkeeper just before halftime.
Beaten in each of their away matches since the opening day,
Wolves responded in the second minute after halftime.
Matthew Jarvis beat Chris Smalling and crossed to the far post
for Fletcher, who rose above Patrice Evra to find the top corner
with a powerful header.
But United moved two goals ahead once again when Jones fed
Valencia and the Honduran’s cross from the right was turned in by
Nani in the 56th minute.
Rooney added his second with a first-time shot after another
fine cross from the right from Valencia.
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy mocked the recent criticism of
”For all the hype and talk about their demise, which is
nonsense, you look at the players on the pitch and some of them are
young and developing,” he said. ”I know (Ferguson) isn’t immune
to pressure and I just find it refreshing when the best managers
are under pressure and getting stick and if he can get it, it makes
me feel better.”