Manchester United started their 2023 season opener with a 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford. However, it was an undesired three points for the soldiers of Erik ten Hag, who struggled to create much on the opposite end and fought hard to secure the win.
Wolves were more energetic, aggressive, and sharp in possession, carrying their form into the second half at Old Trafford. Onana made a total of six saves and would have earned maximum bonus points if not for the unexpected partnership of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Raphael Varane being an unlikely duo for the departing victors.
Kunha was the most influential, maintaining his strong pre-season form here. On the flip side, Nelson Semedo was excellent in the right-back position but was slightly hindered by the visitors’ defense.
United began their Premier League campaign with an unexpected win, as Wolves had 23 shots – the most by an away team at Old Trafford in the league since November 2005 against Chelsea.
Ten Hag’s substitution of Mason Mount and Alejandro Garnacho turned out to be decisive, while Raphael Varane headed the ball into the net after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross.
Marcus Rashford came on late after an ineffective performance, and Bruno Fernandes was also careless with the ball.
United, having introduced their summer recruits André Onana and Mason Mount to the competitive stage, demonstrated a degree of resilience and skill in navigating challenges, although much of the situation was a result of their deliberate strategy.
After the sudden departure of Julian Lopetegui, Wolves had only five days to prepare under new manager Gerry O’Neill, yet they posed a significant threat with 23 shots and six on target. Mathias Kunha hit the post early in the second half, and Fabio Silva was forced to save Onana with his legs.