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Neves stunner and Patricio save earns Wolves a point against United – report

Wolves 1 (Neves 55) Manchester United 1 (Martial 27)

Another Ruben Neves stunner and a Rui Patricio penalty save from Paul Pogba ensured Wolves retained their unbeaten start to the season with a deserved point against Manchester United at Molineux.

Neves curled a fantastic shot into the top corner of the net from a Joao Moutinho short corner to cancel out Anthony Martial’s first-half opener. Patricio denied Pogba from the spot when he blocked the French midfielder’s penalty after he had been tripped by Conor Coady.

Wolves made it successive draws in the Premier League after their 0-0 stalemate at Leicester and have now been unbeaten in their last four meetings against United to the start of last season. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are the first team to come from behind to avoid defeat in three consecutive Premier League games against United.

It was a deserved point for Nuno’s side because after United had dominated the first half, Wolves bossed proceedings after the break with a much-improved performance. And no one did more to inspire that turnaround than Adama Traore. The £18m one-time club record signing replaced a strangely subdued Matt Doherty at right wing back at half-time and was instrumental in his team’s fightback.

But Wolves had to weather something of a storm earlier on. United had their first hald chance when Marcus Rashford’s cross just missed Martial at the far post.United took the lead with a blistering attack that started with left back Luke Shaw deep in their own half and progressed upfield at speed as the visitors cut through the home side, with Jesse Lingard and Rashford linking up well before the latter put Martial through. The Frenchman fired high past Patricio with a left-foot drive that ripped into the roof of the net.

Openings for Wolves were extremely thin on the ground as they gave the ball away too much and found themselves pushed back by United’s attacking. On the one occasion when they did break, Raul Jimenez saw a drive blocked by Pogba.

Worse was to follow in time added on at the end of the first half when Martial ran through, but fortunately for the home side, Willy Boly was able to get back to put the brakes on the United attacker.

With Traore on for Doherty, Wolves stepped things up from the restart.

They went desperately close to an equaliser when Jimenez headed against the inside of the post from Moutinho’s free kick before keeper David De Gea flicked the ball away after Traore was brought down by Scott McTominay.

But Wolves enjoyed better luck in front of goal moments later when they drew level. Moutinho got the ball back from a short corner he played to Diogo Jota and found unmarked Neves just outside the box and the midfielder took a touch before unleashing a tremendous curling shot that ripped past De Gea into the top corner of the net. But for the second successive Premier League game, there was a nervous wait with VAR checking for a possible offside for when the ball was played back to Moutinho. Thankfully for Wolves, the midfielder was ruled onside.

United thought they had found a route for the winner in the 68th minute when they were awarded a penalty. Pogba was clipped by the back heel of Conor Coady’s boot as he raced through on goal. The United midfielder stepped up to take the spot-kick himself, but Patricio was equal to it, blocking the shot which was struck down the middle of the goal.

Boosted by the save, Wolves returned to the attack and their wing backs almost conjured up a second goal. Traore beat Shaw down the right and crossed to Jonny at the far post. The fellow Spaniard floated a header back to where the ball had came but De Gea was able to make the catch.

Wolves saw out the game to make it another memorable occasion against one of the big six and extend their unbeaten home record to eight games.

Wolves: Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty (Traore 46), Neves, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Jonny; Jimenez (Cutrone 90), Jota (Neto 86).

Unused subs: Ruddy, Vinagre, Saiss, Gibbs-White.

Man United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Pogba, McTominay, James (Greenwood 89); Lingard (Mata 81), Rashford (Pereira 89), Martial.

Unused subs: Romero, Tuanzebe, Young, Matic.

Referee: Jon Moss.

Attendance: 31,314.