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Manchester United clinch dramatic 1-0 victory over Wolves.

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

Manchester United clinched a triumphant 1-0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers, courtesy of a dramatic late header from the exceptional Raphael Varane.

In a gripping opening to the new season, Man United emerged victorious at Old Trafford, propelled by Varane's skillful header that shattered the looming goalless draw.

The tension was palpable until right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka calmly found the towering French centre-back, who brilliantly directed the ball into the net from close range.

Despite the nail-biting nature of the match, Wolves showcased their prowess with a series of impressive chances to seize the lead. Matheus Cunha's unfortunate strike against the woodwork left the outcome hanging in the balance.

Notable debuts marked the occasion, as goalkeeper Andre Onana and midfielder Mason Mount made their Premier League premieres for the home team.

The match unfolded as a captivating display of skill and determination on both sides, setting a promising tone for the season ahead.

'Three points, clean sheet.'

Matchwinner Raphael Varane told BBC Sport after the game: "Very happy. It was a tough game against a very good team. It’s a good start to the season, three points, clean sheet."

When asked about goalkeeper Andre Onana, the ex-Real Madrid star replied: "It’s a good start for him. We need time to build that connection on the pitch which is normal. He’s a very good player so he’ll help the team this season.

"The team spirit is already good but we want to improve. We want to be tough and hard to beat. We have to be connected on the pitch and aggressive. We did well. We can improve with the ball, more control, more calm."

On why Lisandro Martinez came off at half-time, he expressed: "A little problem on his ankle, tendon. We’ll see but I don’t think it’s a big deal. We’ll see how he is this week."

'United were outplayed by fantastic Wolves '

Former England and United defender Gary Neville told Sky Sports: "I thought Wolves were absolutely fantastic tonight. Manchester United's midfield was non-existent, and the front three didn't work hard enough in a defensive sense.

"Wolves got a new manager four days ago and there was doom and gloom about their season, but they were absolutely fantastic. United were outplayed and can feel fortunate that they came away with three points. They did not deserve it."

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