Manchester United end 2020/21 with a 2-1 win at Wolves

Despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer making a raft of changes at Molineux his second string had too much for sorry looking Wolves.

And with United already dreaming of that Europa League final next week some of Solskjaer’s kids put themselves in with a shout of forcing their way into his plans.

Swedish star Anthony Elanga did brilliantly as he readjusted inside the box to bullet home Dan James’ cross before Nelson Semedo netted a shock leveller for Wolves.

But despite being surrounded by youth in the United line up it was one of Solskjaer’s old gun slingers who made the difference before the break.

Donny van de Beek tumbled under Roman Saiss’ challenge in the box and the departing Juan Mata steadied himself to bury one the spot.

Wolves did look to rally themselves for Santo after the break, as Dean Henderson stepped up to keep United in front, but it’s United who head for Poland with a win.

Full Time from Molineux it’s Wolves 1 Manchester United 2

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Arsenal prepared to offload England u21 winger

Arsenal are preparing to offload Reiss Nelson when the transfer market reopens this summer, according to reports.

Nelson has made nine appearances for the Gunners in all competitions so far this season, but finds himself below the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Emile Smith-Rowe, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli in the pecking order.

Only two of his appearances this season have came in the Premier League, totalling just 69 minutes of action in November.

Nelson featured in 22 games last term, having spent the 2018/19 campaign on loan at Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, where he managed seven goals in 23 league games and showcased his potential.

The 21-year-old is under contract in north London until 2023, but given player value usually significantly drops with 12 months remaining on a deal, he could be set for pastures new this summer.

There’s likely to be no shortage of suitors for the winger, with Hoffenheim potentially interested in taking him back to Germany, while you’d assume Premier League teams will be monitoring the situation closely.

Wolves edge out 1-0 win Premier League win over Leeds

Marcelo Bielsa’s side were left frustrated at full time, but on a night of missed chances, it was to be Illan Meslier’s own goal that sealed all three points for the hosts.

Both sides raced out of the blocks at Molineux, as Pedro Neto brought the best out of Meslier, before Rui Patricio produced a smart stop from Pascal Struijk.

However, Wolves did begin to turn the screw before the break, with the busy Meslier twice denying Nelson Semedo.

And that little window of opportunity kept Leeds in it after the break as skipper Liam Cooper’s header was kept out by superb Patricio stop.

And it was that missed chance that caused a reaction in Wolves as Santo’s side conjured up a fortunate opener.

Adama Traore did brilliantly to wrestle away from two Leeds challenges on the edge of the box and his firecracker of an effort came back off the bar.

But with Meslier well beaten the strike he could only watch on as the ball rebounded off him and in.

The visitors could and should have snatched an equaliser late on, but Patricio was there again to deny Helder Costa in added time.

Full Time from Molineux it’s Wolves 1 Leeds United 0

Wolves fight back to secure vital 2-1 Premier League win at Southampton

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have now slid out of the Top Ten as Nuno Santo’s improving team have completed a league and FA Cup double over them inside a week.

But despite their struggles of late, it was the Saints who had the better of the opening stages with Rui Patricio called into action to deny Takumi Minamino and Danny Ings.

And it was their go to man who deservedly edged them in front as Ings emphatically volleyed home Stuart Armstrong’s pass.

But when your luck is against you it really against and Wolves were given a huge stroke of luck just minutes after the restart.

Ryan Bertrand was judged to have handled Nelson Semedo’s cross inside the box and Ruben Neves confidently stepped up to smack home from the spot.

And it was that strike that tipped the whole balance of the tie beyond the hour as Pedro Neto checked inside Jannik Vestergaard and fired past Alex McCarthy.

The downbeat Saints did carve out another chance in the dying minutes, as they pushed to snatch a point, but Patrico pulled off another fine stop to deny James Ward-Prowse.

Full Time from the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 1 Wolves 2

Nine-man Arsenal self-destruct at Wolves

It was Joao Moutinho’s stunning 30-yard strike that sealed victory for the hosts but it was 9-man Arsenal’s self-destruction and capitulation in front of goal that saw the London team miss out on the spoils.

The visitors had virtually total control of the first half and could have had the game out of sight early doors with Bukayo Saka hitting the post and having a goal ruled out by VAR for offside.

However, they only had a solo effort from Nicolas Pepe to show for their efforts.

Pepe winning the ball off Semedo in the Wolves half leaving the defender in a heap before nutmegging Ruben Neves and lashing a low shot across Patricio and into the bottom corner of the goal.

Arteta would have no doubt been pleased to have seen his team’s superiority bear fruit but would have been equally dismayed with what happened in first-half stoppage time.

David Luiz was judged to have clipped debutant Willian Jose in the area as he raced on to collect Daniel Podence’s pass. It was careless of Luiz who was struggling to recover his position but there was clearly no intent to bring down the player. None the less referee Craig Pawson deemed the non-challenge worthy of the 3rd red card of Luiz’s short Arsenal career. Neves stepped up to take the resulting penalty and fired high past Leno to bring the teams in level at the break.

Gabriel replaced Lacazette at half time to sure up he Gunners backline but it also blunted their attack and it was Moutinho who put the midlands side in front just four minutes after the restart.

The midfielder had not scored at Molineux since he joined from Monaco in 2018 but ended that drought in emphatic style with a fierce drive that Leno could do nothing about as it flew in off the post.

From here Wolves were in control as 10-man Arsenal struggled to capture the form of recent weeks.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came off the bench but made no impact and the Gunners imploded as Leno was sent off with 18 minutes left.

The keeper raced out of his area to get to a ball before Adama Traore, misjudged the pace and bounce and inexplicably palmed it out of play – resulting in a far less disputed red card than Luiz’ earlier dismissal.

Runar Runarsson came on in net replacing Partey and saved Arsenal from more misery, beating away late shots from Neves and Pedro Neto.

The defeat ended Arsenal’s seven-match unbeaten run and dented their attempts to catch the Premier League’s top five, leaving them four points adrift whilst Wolves picked up just their second win in twelve games to ease any potential relegation worries.

West Brom battle out vital Black Country derby win at Wolves

The result comes as Sam Allardyce’s first win as Baggies boss and brings them to within touching distance of moving out of the drop zone.

And it was the under pressure visitors who were the brighter side in the opening stages with Wolves gifting them an opener on eight minutes.

Willy Boly collided with Callum Robinson inside the box and star man Matheus Pereira calmly tucked home from the spot.

But that goal only served wake Wolves up as Adama Traore tested David Button and Portuguese international Pedro Neto lashed wide.

And with the traffic heading in one direction Wolves netted a quick-fire double to take the lead before the break.

Fabio Silva turned home his first Molineux goal before Boly made up for his penalty gaffe as he reacted quickest to smash home from a corner.

But despite ended the first period strongly the game was flipped on its head once again within minutes of the restart.

Centre back Semi Ajayi bulleted a header past Rui Patricio and Robinson tumbled inside the box once again and Pereira fired home.

The tie did rock back in Wolves’ favour in the closing minutes and Nelson Semedo missed perfect chance to nick a point.

Full Time on a cracker of an afternoon at Molineux it’s Wolves 2 West Brom 3

Brighton fight back to secure 3-3 thriller at home to Wolves

Both sides showed their best in attack and their worst in defence as Nuno Santo’s visitors threw away a two-goal lead in the second half.

Wolves looked the more inventive in the opening stages but it was Brighton that struck first on 14 minutes as Aaron Connolly turned home Leandro Trossard’s pass.

But Wolves weren’t down for long as the determined visitors struck back just after as Roman Saiss nodded home Nelson Semedo’s corner.

That goal tipped the balance for Wolves before half time, as Seagulls defender Dan Burn suffered a nightmare few minutes.

The giant centre back poked home an own goal form Pedro Neto’s deflected shot before his late lunge on Adama Traore allowed Ruben Neves to make 3-1 from the spot.

But despite a horror show at the end of the first half, Brighton roared back into life in the second period as Neil Maupay tucked home a penalty.

That gave Potter’s side a foothold back in the game, and despite Wolves creating more chances, Brighton carried the bigger threat.

Adam Webster fired a warning comeback shot as his header thumped back off the bar before Lewis Dunk powered home from Trossard’s corner.

Wolves substitute Owen Otasowie almost pinched it in added time for Wolves but his header flashed wide.

Full Time at an action-packed AMEX Stadium it’s Brighton 3 Wolves 3

Aston Villa snatch 1-0 Premier League win at Wolves

In a game of very few clear-cut chances at either end it was Anwar El Ghazi’s 94th minute penalty that clinched three points for Villa.

Both set of players looked rusty in the opening exchanges at Molineux with Daniel Podence and Leander Dendoncker testing Emiliano Martinez.

Wolves did look to be edging at after the break as teenage striker Fabio Silva was presented with a perfect chance to put them in front.

The Portuguese international slipped past two Villa challenges inside the box but his snapshot fired back off the post.

Nuno Santo’s side pushed hard for a breakthrough in closing, but Martinez showed his class once again as the Uruguayan denied Roman Saiss and Nelson Semedo.

And with Wolves unable to find a way past Martinez in the closing stages Villa ducked in to take advantage in a chaotic last five minutes.

Douglas Luiz was shown a second yellow card for Villa before Mike Dean controversially pointed to the spot as Semedo tangled with John McGinn inside the box.

El Ghazi kept his cool to slot past Rui Patricio as Wolves’ protests spilled after the final whistle with Joao Moutinho joining Luiz for an early bath.

Full Time at Molineux it’s Wolves 0 Aston Villa 1

Liverpool return to Anfield with 4-0 win over Wolves

The defending champions welcomed back supporters for the first time this season and goals from Mo Salah, Gini Wijnaldum and Joel Matip ensured a happy return.

The Reds were quick out of the blocks against Nuno Santo’s side, with Sadio Mane nodding just wide, before Salah handed them a deserved lead.

Wolves skipper Conor Coady made a mess of Jordan Henderson’s long ball forward and Salah darted in behind to fire home.

The visitors did look to have forced a way back into before the break as Coady went down under a challenge from Mane inside the box.

But despite originally awarded a spot kick, referee Craig Pawson changed his mind after a VAR check.

That lucky break powered Klopp side on after the break as Wijnaldum’s long range strike put them 2-0 in front.

Despite trailing to a two goal deficit, Wolves worked hard to stay in the game, but Liverpool’s cutting edge proved the vital difference late on.

Matip powered home a header from a delightful Salah cross and Nelson Semedo bundled home a late own goal as Anfield found its voice once again on a cold night on Merseyside.

Full Time at Anfield Liverpool 4 Wolves 0

Fulham lose again in 1-0 defeat at Wolves

Scott Parker’s side are yet to pick up a point on their top-flight return, but Nuno Santo will be relieved to see own his side end a two-game losing streak.

The Cottagers were bright in the opening stages, as full back Antonee Robinson tested Rui Patricio.

But the hosts slowly began to gain control as the first half wore on with Alphonse Areola denying Pedro Neto and Nelson Semedo.

Wolves picked up that momentum again after the break, as Areola produced another vital stop, this time from Raul Jimenez.

But with his teammates unable to do much to offer protection, Areola was unable to do anything about Neto’s opener.

The visitors had three chances to clear their lines inside the box and Neto pounced on the loose ball to fire home.

Fulham did show some life in the final minutes, as Patricio saved from Neeksens Kebano, but another defeat means it will be another difficult week for Parker.


Nuno Santo aiming for new Wolves signings

Santo was speaking after Wolves’ 3-1 Premier League defeat to Manchester City last night, and the Portuguese coach admitted he needs to strengthen.

Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota have already left the club, with Fabio Silva and Fernando Marcal coming in.

Barcelona full back Nelson Semedo is reportedly on the verge of a £40m switch, with other targets already identified in what should be a busy few weeks ahead at Molineux.