Manchester United deny Nuno winning farewell

May 23, 2021
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Wolves were unable to give manager Nuno Espirito Santo the winning send-off they craved as they ended the Premier League season with defeat by Manchester United.

Four and a half thousand Wolves fans were at Molineux to say goodbye to Nuno, two days after the surprise announcement this would be his last game in charge.

But United spoiled the send-off somewhat as they secured a win that ensures they have gone a full league season without losing an away game for the first time in their history.

Anthony Elanga opened the scoring when he marked only his second Premier League start with a goal, powering home a header inside the first 15 minutes.

Wolves responded well, equalising five minutes before the break when Nelson Semedo scored his first goal for the club by sweeping in from Fabio Silva’s smart square ball.

But United, who were already assured of second place before the game, reclaimed the lead on the stroke of half-time. Donny van de Beek was caught on the back of his foot by Romain Saiss, and after referee Mike Dean initially decided against awarding a penalty, he reversed his decision following a VAR review.

That left the home fans furious, with loud boos greeting the half-time whistle, and there was an added determination about Wolves’ play in the second half.

But despite plenty of possession they lacked quality in the final third – something that has plagued them all season, in no small part because of injuries to key players.

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