Former goalkeeper Matt Murray believes Manchester United number one David De Gea lacked bravery for Wolves’ winner.
Murray, who played 100 games for Wolves before injuries forced his retirement, reckons the Spaniard should have gone for the ball after Raul Jimenez challenged for Joao Moutinho’s cross before it hit Chris Smalling and trickled over the line for an own goal as Wolves won 2-1.
“Raul Jimenez has to take great credit for the way he gets in there, the strength he shows, but could David de Gea have come and spread himself a bit? I don’t know,” Murray told Sky Sports.
“It’s horrible but you’ve got to come (for the ball). He can’t come for the first ball, because it’s a fantastic cross in.
“But when it drops down, he’s got to come and get everything. He’ll probably take stitches for it, but you’ve got to be brave.
“I think now, ‘take everything’, but he turns his head away from it and it goes past him it trickles into the net.
“It’s a melee, it’s a scrappy goal, but Wolves won’t care. It came from Manchester United’s throw-in but Wolves work it well to get bodies into the box, into that area.
“Joao Moutinho has real, real, quality and we’ve seen it all season. He’s won top honours with Portugal.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his side should have been coasting on a two or three-goal lead after Scott McTominay’s 13th-minute opener. By then Romelu Lukaku had forced a point-blank save from Rui Patricio with a header and after it, Jesse Lingard headed wide.
Speaking to BBC’s Match of the Day, Solskjaer said: “We played some fantastic stuff, first 20 minutes we should have been two or three up and I’m not exaggerating, but we didn’t pounce on big moments in the game.
“Scott McTominay played really well, he’s been excellent. He gave us a goal threat, energy and legs – I’m very pleased with him.
“There were a couple of mistakes from us. We gave them that first goal, we have to be honest.”
But Solskjaer admitted he had no complaints at Ashley Young’s sending off after the United captain earned a second booking – and referee Mike Dean’s 100th red card – for lunging in on Diogo Jota.
“When you’re on a yellow and you go in, you’re always in danger of getting another one. He hit the ball but followed through and hit him. It’s a yellow card,” said Solskjaer.
“With 10 men it’s hard but we had to keep the ball. We didn’t want them to put pressure on us. They scored with their first chance after the sending off and you have to give them credit for that.
“I’m very disappointed with the result but pleased with the performance up until 75 minutes – it was an excellent performance from the boys.”