The warning went out before the game – United Beware, and so it proved! Bottom placed Wolverhampton Wanderers came back from a goal down after three minutes to deservedly defeat Manchester United 2-1 at Molineux. It brought United’s impressive 29 match unbeaten run to a grinding halt when it was least expected. Two first half headers gave Wolves the lead and despite enjoying a glut of midfield possession, United hardly created a decent chance after Nani put them ahead.
With a desperate Wolves rearguard thwarting everything that was thrown at them, United missed a good opportunity of stretching their lead to an imposing seven points following Arsenal’s earlier 4-4 draw at Newcastle. All of a sudden, United’s position at the top of the table no longer look so comfortable.
Wolverhampton 2 v Manchester United 1
Sky Sports – Bottom of the table Wolves ended Manchester United’s unbeaten Premier League run with a battling 2-1 win at Molineux. Things looked too rosy for United when Nani fired them in front after just three minutes when he cut inside the box and fired home a fierce shot past Wayne Hennessey.
Wolves drew level with George Elokobi heading home Matt Jarvis’ cross seven minutes later with his second goal of the campaign against United after netting in the Carling Cup defeat at Old Trafford this season. Kevin Doyle grabbed the winner for Wolves five minutes before the break when he headed home Nenad Milijas’ free-kick. Full Report
Express and Star – Super Wolves sent Molineux into ecstacy as they did it again against the big boys to end Manchester United’s hopes of a club record 30-game unbeaten run. Mick McCarthy’s never-say-die battlers hit back from Nani’s third minute opener to end a run of four successive defeats, with George Elokobi’s first league goal for Wolves in the 10th minute and one from Kevin Doyle five minutes before the break.
It was a well-deserved win for Wolves too, as they repeated their successes against Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea. But they remain two points from safety after a win for Wigan earlier in the day. Full Report
Manchester Evening News – Manchester United’s unbeaten record came to a surprise end against bottom-of-the-table Wolves at Molineux.The Reds took an early lead through Nani’s smartly-taken goal, but Wolves hit back when George Elokobi headed in.The hosts then went ahead before half time when Elokobi latched on to Nenad Milijas’s cross – although striker Kevin Doyle was also claiming the final touch.
Despite intense second-half pressure United could not find a way through, so the Reds’ unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end at 29 – just one short of the club record. They are now just four points ahead of Arsenal in the table. Full Report
Wolverhampton Wanderers – Hennessey, Berra, Elokobi, Stearman, Zubar, Hammill (Ward 64), O’Hara (Foley 59), Henry, Jarvis, Milijas (Ebanks-Blake 88), Doyle GOALS – Elokobi (9m), Doyle (40m)
Manchester United – van der Sar, Rafael, Evans (Smalling 64), Vidic, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Carrick (Scholes 46), Giggs, Rooney, Berbatov (Hernandez 65) GOALS Nani (3m)