Saturday, 5 February 2011

Wolverhampton 2 - 1 Man Utd

Manchester United fell to a first league defeat of the season as bottom-of-the-table Wolves proved that relegation is not a formality for them.
United led after three minutes as Nani drilled home inside the near post after turning George Elokobi inside-out.
But Elokobi headed in well soon after with United's defence sleeping as Matt Jarvis executed a short-corner routine.
Kevin Doyle then glanced in just before the break, after which the visitors failed to carve out any clear chances.
Not only will Wolves' hopes of avoiding relegation soar with a fine win that puts them only two points behind 17th-placed Wigan with a game in hand, but United's Premier League title rivals will be seriously buoyed now that their daunting 29-match unbeaten run is over.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson looked livid with his United team as they failed to usurp the record of his 1999 Treble winners with a display that deteriorated rapidly after Nani's early opener.
Though Wolves remain bottom by virtue of an inferior goal difference to Birmingham and West Ham, they have now beaten five of the top seven - United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Sunderland - this season.
United appeared to pay the price for the absence of in-form England captain Rio Ferdinand, whose calf injury suffered in the warm-up meant Jonny Evans was pressed into action.

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