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Nuno Espirito Santo hails Wolves’ ‘fantastic work’ after Man Utd draw

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo was delighted with the work that his side produced in earning a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Molineux.

Manchester United took a deserved lead in the 27th minute, Anthony Martial latching onto a Marcus Rashford pass before smashing a first-time, left-footed effort passed Rui Patricio in the Wolves goal in what was a dominant first half for the visitors.

The half-time introduction of Adama Traore gave Wolves added impetus after the break, and within 10 minutes of the restart, they were level.

A well-worked corner routine found the ever-dangerous Ruben Neves on the edge of the box, who after setting himself, fired an unstoppable finish past David de Gea, the ball cannoning in off the underside of the bar.

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Overall, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had the better chances to win the game, including a 67th-minute penalty, which was missed by Paul Pogba, but ultimately, Wolves’ organisation and United’s profligacy in front of goal saw the spoils shared at Molineux.

Speaking after the game, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was delighted with the work his side put in.

“It was good,” he told Sky Sports. “First half Man Utd dominated. It was a big mountain to climb and it was fantastic work. The tempo, intensity, the pressure – very good work.

“They are such good players and pressed us very high and didn’t allow us to get out. Second half we played more in the space and controlled the game.

“It was a big game of emotion and it is what Molineux enjoys.”

Having moaned about a goal being ruled out by VAR last week against Leicester, Wolves’ equaliser was one again agonised over by VAR, which looked for a potential offside in the buildup, and the Portuguese once again revealed his dislike for the newly introduced system.

“I was hoping to stay happy. I don’t know how they will solve it – it’s the emotion, you celebrate a goal so much and then you stay in silence. Don’t take that away from the people.”

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