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Wolves ‘fantastic’ team spirit defied United – Coady

Conor Coady has saluted Wolves’ ‘fantastic’ team spirit – and revealed how they dragged themselves back into the game against Manchester United.
Wolves drew 1-1 on Tuesday against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side after Ruben Neves’s stunning goal cancelled out Anthony Martial’s opener before Rui Patricio saved Paul Pogba’s penalty to continue their unbeaten start to the season. But Nuno Espirito Santo’s outfit came under plenty of pressure in a one-sided first half which saw them pinned back in their own half for much of the first 45 minutes, before responding strongly after the break.
Captain Coady said their comeback was born from the collective belief they have in each other. He told www.wolves.co.uk: “It’s something we make sure we’ve got in our game – that sort of grit and bite. We’ve spoken about that team spirit before – we know we’ve got some fantastic footballers in that dressing room, but more importantly, fantastic friends, and we all stick together, we’re close to each other and we make sure we never, ever give up, and I think you saw that against United. It’s something we need to make sure we keep in our game for as long as possible.”
It took some valuable instruction from Nuno at half-time to coax an improved performance from Wolves.“The manager spoke fantastically well at half-time, as he always does, and showed us a few things we needed to do, and we managed to get a grip on the second half a little bit better,” explained Coady. “We found the first half tough and we struggled to get out (of our half). They pressed us really high and really fast, and I thought they had that intent and played really well.”
Nuno’s words enabled Wolves to push forwards and play slightly higher up the pitch, which relieved the pressure on their own goal and instead saw them start to impose themselves on United, rather than the other way round. “It was important we went in at half-time not having conceded two, which allowed us to stick in there,” added Coady. “I thought we were brilliant then in the second half. We pressed them a bit higher and kept the line a bit higher, and we managed to play out past the press a little bit better.”
Wolves, who made it two draws from their two Premier League games so far, are now unbeaten against United in their last four encounters, going back to last September. They beat them 2-1 twice at Molineux last season, including the FA Cup quarter-final, and drew 1-1 at Old Trafford in the Premier League. Four of those six goals against United have come from Portuguese players, with Diogo Jota and a Chris Smalling own goal doing the business for them in the Premier League win in April, Raul Jimenez and Jota netting in the Cup game and Joao Moutinho on target at Old Trafford, to add to Neves’s memorable strike on Tuesday night.