Twitter reacts as Man Utd suffer shock home defeat to Wolves

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Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

Another day, another questionable Manchester United performance. This time there would be no moment of magic from Edinson Cavani and no late Cristiano Ronaldo winner, with the Red Devils slipping to a 1-0 home defeat against Wolves.

Full-time at Old Trafford.#MUFC | #MUNWOL

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 3, 2022

A combination of injuries and coronavirus led to a minor miracle when Man Utd’s starting XI was revealed. Namely, Phil Jones starting a Premier League match.

Social media was excited and scared in equal measure ahead of his first action in 708 days.

If you want a sense of how much has happened in the world over the last few years, Phil Jones started England’s last World Cup match.

— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) January 3, 2022

Btw all jokes on my own and other peoples timelines aside, if Phil Jones plays, it will be his first game in two years and tbh the fact the club may have to rely on him is an issue out of his control.

So please be kind and don’t abuse the guy if he makes a mistake

— Casey Evans (@Casey_Evans_) January 3, 2022

Phil Jones in his first senior #MUFC appearance since January 2020, against Tranmere in the FA Cup.

He only started training with Bruno Fernandes in September 2021.

It’s been a long road for him. Hope it goes well.

— Carl Anka (@Ankaman616) January 3, 2022

Man United fans seeing Ralf Rangnick start Phil Jones in 2022. https://t.co/dlW9g6BnGO

— Andrew Clarke (@andrewclarke94) January 3, 2022

Man Utd signed Phil Jones in 2011 as Raphael Varane went to Real Madrid.

And now, on January 3, 2022, they start at Old Trafford TOGETHER. What a day. The stuff dreams are made of ?

— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) January 3, 2022

Think Phil Jones deserves a lot of credit for battling through all the physical and mental issues to get himself in the right state to play tonight. However the game turns out, hope it is a platform to relaunch his career.

— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 3, 2022

Phil Jones has started a Premier League game this season before Donny van de Beek… pic.twitter.com/NmVM3QBAuJ

— ‏ً (@VanDeBeekArmy) January 3, 2022

712 – Phil Jones is playing his first Premier League game for Man Utd since January 2020 – 712 days ago. It’s the longest gap any player who hasn’t left the club (incl. loan spells) has had between apps for the Red Devils in the competition. Return. #MUNWOL

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2022

We’re potentially going to see a partnership of Raphael Varane and Phil Jones tomorrow.Nothing sums up the last 8 years of United better.

— Alexei (@MUFC_redarmy99) January 2, 2022

Another notable decision from Ralf Rangnick was opting to give Ronaldo the captain’s armband, in the absence of regular skipper Harry Maguire.

??? it back.#MUFC | #MUNWOL pic.twitter.com/3fxzQfBqSb

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 3, 2022

“Since the other three centre-backs are out, he was the logical choice.”

Ralf Rangnick believes Phil Jones deserves his place in the #MUFC line-up for tonight and explains his decision to make Cristiano Ronaldo captain…© pic.twitter.com/5YQI2CbdNc

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 3, 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo has never lost a game as club captain in his whole career.

United captain tonight ? ?❤ pic.twitter.com/mmIZEIoQFC

— ??. ????? ? ( ?.?????? – ?? ) (@cyril__kay) January 3, 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo has never lost a game as captain for clubs.

– 10 games- 10 goals- 05 assists- 07 wins- 03 draws

We go again tonight. pic.twitter.com/NQ7McptXSg

— CristianoXtra (@CristianoXtra_) January 3, 2022

Ronaldo. Not happy.

The Manchester United captain?

6 different pictures of failure in 4 different competitions that he won 0 of.

Hope this helps pic.twitter.com/bFe3PaeWgG

— Mike (@MikeLUHG0) January 1, 2022

Phil Jones is back and Ronaldo is captain. United are running it back turbo

— Maybe: Daniel (@WilliamsDan61) January 3, 2022

Captain Ronaldo! Never take it off him

— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) January 3, 2022

It’s a good thing that there was some entertainment before kick off, because once things got underway drama was at a premium.

Ruben Neves went close with a dipping volley, with David de Gea forced into more than one good save to keep the hosts in it.

Meanwhile, United were pretty rancid going forward. Fans were not best pleased, particularly when Ronaldo nearly gifted Wolves a goal with a wayward defensive header.

Wolves have started brightly at Old Trafford…?

The visitors are on top and almost take the lead through a spectacular effort from Ruben Neves! ? pic.twitter.com/46AlDs70Zn

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 3, 2022

I am once again asking why a big club doesn’t sign Ruben Neves pic.twitter.com/hE6hUGP9XH

— Ste Howson (@MrStephenHowson) January 3, 2022

Ruben Neves would be a dream sign to United. He’s great!

— Cristiano Ronaldo News 7️⃣ (@CRonaldoNews) January 3, 2022

BRUTAL DE GEA.

— Invictos (@InvictosSomos) January 3, 2022

Save point secured for David de Gea ✅

The Spaniard made 4️⃣ saves in the opening 45 minutes ?#FPL #MUNWOL pic.twitter.com/P6iEsNShht

— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) January 3, 2022

Wolves had 14 shots in the first half at Old Trafford, MUFC only four. But it’s 0-0. Looking like another De Gea MOM game, but with Phil Jones back on the scene and playing well he’s got competition.

— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) January 3, 2022

De Gea going ballistic at Ronaldo after that. If Wolves could finish #mufc would be in deep trouble. Says it all Jones, who’s had a creditable 35 minutes, has possibly been their best player so far.

— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) January 3, 2022

It’s genuinely so sad to see how bad Ronaldo messed up United’s whole dynamic and shape. They were going crazy at the beginning of the season without him.

— ??⁷ (@PrimeMosquito) January 3, 2022

Ronaldo rolling the years back. To prime Gabriel Obertan.

— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) January 3, 2022

Shaw and Wan-Bissaka appealing for offside from that Ronaldo back-header…

— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) January 3, 2022

Feel like United are like a golfer reworking his swing at the moment. In search of better results but having to endure misery to get there

— Tomasz Mortimer (@TomaszMortimer) January 3, 2022

15 – Wolves had 15 shots against Man Utd in the first half – it’s the most on record (since 2003-04) a visiting team has had at Old Trafford in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier League game. Knocking. #MUNWOL

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2022

It was business as usual in the opening exchanges of the second half before the arrival of Bruno Fernandes from the substitutes bench finally woke United up.

First Bruno cannoned an effort into the bar, and then Ronaldo had a great header ruled out for offside.

OFF THE BAR!

Bruno Fernandes hits the woodwork and moments after he finds Cristiano Ronaldo with a free kick who puts the ball in the back of the net but it’s offside!

Still 0-0 at Old Trafford.

? Watch #MUNWOL live on Sky Sports PL pic.twitter.com/JLBHrgVpS5

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 3, 2022

Old Trafford fans singing for Bruno Fernandes ❤️

— ₁₈ (@FernandesZone) January 3, 2022

The one thing Bruno has over all these guys is he’ll genuinely sprint 30 yards to show himself for the ball. Yes, he can overdo it but these boys are just standing there with very little movement as if they’re entitled to receive it where they are.

— UtdArena (@utdarena) January 3, 2022

Bruno is on the pitch and all of a sudden we look the more likely to score

?‍♂️?‍♂️?‍♂️

— Aidan Walsh ? (@AidanWalshMUFC) January 3, 2022

Bruno Fernandes has lifted Manchester United. Woeful for an hour, suddenly enlivened.

Should have scored of course, but at least there is some tempo about the team with Fernandes involved.#MUFC

— Laurie Whitwell (@lauriewhitwell) January 3, 2022

Clowns were saying we are a better team without Bruno Fernandes looooooool

— ً (@TheFergusonWay) January 3, 2022

Imagine thinking Bruno Fernandes makes this team WORSE hahahaha

— Aidan Walsh ? (@AidanWalshMUFC) January 3, 2022

People will have you believe Bruno is a/the big problem with this team (yes he should have scored and yes he’s out of form but still)

— Nick (@ManUnitedYouth) January 3, 2022

Wolves had their chances too, though.

Romain Saiss hitting the bar with 15 minutes to play was a real hearts-in-mouths moment for the Old Trafford faithful.

OFF THE BAR AT THE OTHER END!

Romain Saiss rattles the woodwork from a free-kick!

Could it be Wolves that break the deadlock? ?

? Watch #MUNWOL live on Sky Sports PL pic.twitter.com/ciD4EDcl86

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 3, 2022

Saïss is firmly on my radar.

? On some direct free kicks? Huge aerial threat at set pieces⛔️ Plays in a solid back line

Wolves defenders often feel under-valued/appreciated.

— Gianni Butticè (@GianniButtice) January 3, 2022

Saiss hits the bar with a freekick#MUFC #MUNWOL

— ᗷIᒪᒪ ᖇIᑕᕮ ?? (@billrice23) January 3, 2022

Saiss knew he was playing for a spot in Thunderbastard FC with that free kick. https://t.co/y7GhNALFqE

— FPL Raptor (Ross) (@FPL__Raptor) January 3, 2022

If Roman Saiss had scored the winner against us I was going for a walk

— Paritosh (@paritosh_bhide) January 3, 2022

well yeah nearly, Saiss pings it off the top of the bar!! Almost a perfect sign off before AFCON. Great attempt.

— Tim Spiers (@TimSpiers) January 3, 2022

United did not heed this warning shot and Wolves managed to poke their noses in front eight minutes from time.

Joao Moutinho was the scorer, with the midfielder squeezing a scrappy effort into the bottom corner to ruin De Gea’s clean sheet.

THERE IT IS!!

Joao Moutinho picks out the bottom corner to put Wolves 1-0 up ?

? Watch #MUNWOL live on Sky Sports PL pic.twitter.com/b2KxFcVCVF

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 3, 2022

I hope João Moutinho gets the flowers he deserves whenever he decides to finally hang up his boots because he’s been a glorious CM

— Иван (@ivan_i94) January 3, 2022

Goal – MOUTINHOAssist – none

Man Utd 0-1 Wolves (82 mins)#FPL #MUNWOL

— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) January 3, 2022

Mctominay has a decent/good game vs relegation threatened Burnley and the British media made it out to be Roy Keane in his prime.

Come up against a good midfielders in Neves and Moutinho and he’s chasing shadows.

I’ve had enough. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/xlMf4cC7JS

— ManUtd Analytics (@Utd_Analytics) January 3, 2022

1-0 Wolverhampton. MOUTINHO OPENS THE SCORE WITH A BEAUTIFUL GOAL AT OLD TRAFFORD!!!! pic.twitter.com/ZXNz6llXyM

— ??? ???? ? (@TheEuropeanLad) January 3, 2022

4 – João Moutinho has now scored exactly once in each of his four Premier League campaigns; all four of his goals have come from outside the box, while 50% of his strikes have come against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Deserved. #MUNWOL pic.twitter.com/l3a2wqZ6PL

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2022

Nah look at Moutinho man. THATS A MIDFIELDER

— Decoldest Juan Crawford (@Reemzestilo) January 3, 2022

With seconds left to go United were given one last chance to salvage something when they were awarded a free kick just outside the Wolves box.

Bruno and Ronaldo were both stood over the free kick, with the former eventually unleashing a fine effort which drew an even better save from Jose Sa.

Pls don’t give the free kick to You Know Who.

— Carl Anka (@Ankaman616) January 3, 2022

#7 doing all that rehearsals and leg work for his free kicks only to end up playing nonsense is so funny mahn

Bro… Just play your freekick and go… No need for the heavy breathing and all that before every freekick… No one is scared of u

— Cess (@Cessss_) January 3, 2022

I get the feeling that Fernandes taking the free kick over Ronaldo will be the subject of an Athletic article before the end of the season.

— Tim Stillman (@Stillberto) January 3, 2022

Thank god Bruno didn’t bag that free kick

— Andrei (@Futball_Drei) January 3, 2022

Icl i thought they’d equalise with that freekick. Class save by SA

— Liverpool fc (@liverpooledit11) January 3, 2022

And that was all she wrote. Another tough day for Rangnick’s side and their fans were not shy to voice their disappointment.

Wolves beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League for the first time. ? pic.twitter.com/y7VaQxK0ZT

— 90min (@90min_Football) January 3, 2022

Rangnick’s still at the wheel. ? #mnuwol pic.twitter.com/xitX6eDS24

— David Brent Music (@DavidBrentMovie) January 3, 2022

I just asked Jürgen Klopp if he really was a student of Ralf Rangnick’s work. He said I have no idea who you’re talking about, James.

— Boring James Milner (@BoringMilner) January 3, 2022

I thought we were meant to be a team who pressed now? Have you seen any evidence of that? Even with postponed games/training ground closure, how have the players taken on nothing from Rangnick? First half against Palace then nothing. Unbelievable.

— Scott Patterson (@R_o_M) January 3, 2022

All man United fans to Ralf Rangnick after he promised them pressing football https://t.co/vOAo1GTbSM

— _Shaunmiller_ (@_shaunmiller_) January 3, 2022

36% – Of the 31 teams to have scored 10+ Premier League goals against Manchester United, Wolves have netted the highest share from outside the box (36% – 4/11). Delight. #MUNWOL pic.twitter.com/ZGPWQhordp

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2022

Manchester United 0-1 Wolves (82’) pic.twitter.com/CvVv1MQkxk

— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 3, 2022

It’s fun when Manchester United lose.

Really, really, really fun.

— Pain In The Arsenal (@PainInThArsenal) January 3, 2022

Wolves are A Good Well Drilled Team, so this game was never going to be easy.But there’s only so many times over a season where you can describe your opponents in such a manner before you have to ask what are Manchester United right now.

— Carl Anka (@Ankaman616) January 3, 2022

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