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Ferguson's fortress a thing of the past as Mourinho's struggles continue

Sep 22, 2018 12:06:39 PMEngland
The legendary manager was back at Old Trafford following brain surgery but Manchester United couldn't deliver as their indifferent form continued

Sir Alex Ferguson admitted to being nervous before making his return to Old Trafford. He didn’t want to make a big show of it and, as kick-off approached, he received the rapturous applause, waved to every corner of the stadium and took his seat in the directors’ box.

As the great man made his first public appearance since brain surgery in early May, it felt almost inevitable that Manchester United would mark the occasion with a rousing home win against Wolves. At least, it did until the game got under way.

Following three successive away wins, United were back at the scene of their 3-0 humbling against Tottenham in August, after which Jose Mourinho insisted his side were just a slab of fortune away from being worthy winners.

But this was another afternoon on which United failed to make the most of their opportunities despite enjoying the better of the game and Wolves could arguably have walked away with more than the 1-1 draw.

After the visitors had got the upper hand early on and forced a great save by David de Gea from Raul Jimenez’s turn and shot from close range, United eventually got a foothold in the game and began to ask questions.

It was from a delightful piece of play by Pogba that United took the lead, the Frenchman delivering a magnificent pass with the outside of his boot for Fred to spin and shoot first time beyond Rui Patricio.

They could have added more goals had a couple of passes into the area found a red shirt rather than space, and Fred’s excellent free-kick on the stroke of half-time had the goalkeeper scrambling across to save.


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