Manchester United started the 2023-24 Premier League season on a high note, defeating Wolves 1-0 at Old Trafford thanks to Raphael Varane’s second-half header.
Erik ten Hag’s side were pushed all the way at home, but Marcus Rashford’s effort was saved by Jose Sa after only 10 minutes. Wolves had opportunities, with Matheus Cunha given the visitors’ finest opening of the game immediately after the restart. The unmarked Portuguese playmaker at the back post was ultimately found by Pedro Neto’s low cross, but he could only direct his strike onto the woodwork and wide.
The Reds quickly punished Gary O’Neil’s side, as Aaron Wan-Bissaka found Varane inside the penalty area, who nodded home the game’s sole goal to secure our first-day victory. After a scoreless first half, United went ahead with 15 minutes remaining when Bruno Hernandez’s exquisite chip found the advancing Wan-Bissaka inside the area. The number 29 clipped an equally brilliant pass to the back post, leaving fellow defender Varane with the simplest task of nodding United ahead.
Wolves acquired a late head of steam, and United had goalkeeper Andre Onana to thank on two occasions. The Cameroon goalkeeper stopped substitute Fabio Silva twice, with the second of his saves particularly spectacular when the ball fell at Silva’s feet within the six-yard box. Onana, on the other hand, stood up to deny him.
That Raphael Varane ?? energy goes crazy man. ? pic.twitter.com/qsesTp1sdL
— UrbanReds? (@urbanreds) August 14, 2023
Deep into stoppage time, Onana clashed with replacement Kalajdzic inside the area, with the ball bouncing off Dawson behind them, and the visitors’ demands for a late penalty were denied. VAR decided not to award a penalty, and the match referee booked O’Neil for his appeals, as the Reds held on to start 2023-24 with a win.