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Varane’s Header Seals Victory for Man Utd in Close Match Against Wolves


Raphael Varane’s Late Header Secures Fortunate Victory for Manchester United Against Wolves.
In their opening match of the new Premier League season, Manchester United clinched a fortunate win against Wolves with Raphael Varane’s winning header arriving 14 minutes before the final whistle.

Erik ten Hag’s team struggled to create notable chances until Bruno Fernandes delivered a superb pass to Aaron Wan-Bissaka within the penalty area. Wan-Bissaka calmly lifted the bouncing ball to the edge of the six-yard box, where Varane utilized his height advantage to outjump Nelson Semedo and head the ball into the net.

Wolves, under the leadership of Gary O’Neil in his first game as manager, displayed a stellar performance despite the recent managerial change. O’Neil was booked for his protests, claiming a late penalty, while United managed to cling onto their fortunate victory.

During added time, United’s debutant goalkeeper Andre Onana escaped punishment for a challenge on Sasa Kalajdzic, where he collided with the player without making contact with the ball.

Before Varane’s crucial goal, Matheus Cunha missed a prime opportunity for Wolves when Pablo Sarabia’s low cross found him unmarked near the far post, but the Brazilian struck the outside of the upright.

Cunha’s low shot veered wide just before halftime, and Pedro Neto’s shot was directed straight at Onana before Varane’s pivotal header. Fabio Silva had two goal-bound attempts saved as Wolves pressed for an equalizer.

Prior to the game, legendary United manager Sir Alex Ferguson gave an interview to US broadcaster NBC. He praised the work of Ten Hag and anticipated improvements for his former club once Rasmus Hojlund, a £72 million forward, recovers from his back injury from Atalanta.

Soon after, Hojlund joined Tom Heaton and Jonny Evans in the directors’ box.

United’s offensive efforts were generally unremarkable during the match, with Marcus Rashford struggling as the main striker, and Alejandro Garnacho and Antony failing to make a strong impact on the flanks.

Perhaps not surprising, as in their 11 meetings over the past four years, these two teams have managed to produce more than a single goal only twice. Another recent addition to United’s outfield, Mason Mount, also failed to leave a mark. Amidst average offensive play, Fernandes’ exceptional pass that led to the goal stood out.

Although his ball-handling was conservative and he kept close to his goal when under pressure, Onana won over the Old Trafford crowd with important saves. The former Ajax and Inter Milan player’s reception from the stands indicated strong support from the home fans.

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