Marcus Rashford, who was named on the bench due to “disciplinary reasons”, opened the scoring for United after coming on as a half-time substitute. The forward later admitted that he “overslept” and was late to a team meeting, prompting Ten Hag to take him out of the starting line-up.
United had a string of chances to take the lead in the first half but somehow could not break the deadlock. Both Antony and Alejandro Garnacho were guilty of squandering glorious chances to score. Jose Sa was called upon plenty of times in goal for Wolves as the Reds knocked on the door in the opening 45 minutes.
But Rashford sent United into the Champions League places for the first time since March as he powered through the Wolves defence, showing his strength to muscle off multiple defenders and fire the ball past Sa from close range 15 minutes from time.
The goal may well have made the headlines, but there were five moments that fans may have missed during the game.
The former Ajax man has shown he is not afraid to lay down the law during his short time at the club. Although his approach to discipline may be strict, it is clear that he puts the club first with every action he takes.
His response when Rashford&aposs strike hit the back of the net showed just how much he cares. The 52-year-old skipped down the touchline pumping his fists in jubilation as his side finally found a way past a stubborn Wolves defence.
With minutes left on the clock, a Wolves corner prompted Ten Hag to take defensive action as he sent Maguire on to help with his aerial presence. Bruno Fernandes, the man who made way, had been named once again as captain in the England international&aposs absence.
Yet Fernandes still acknowledged the hierarchy at the club as he made a point of removing the armband and handing it to Maguire on his way off the pitch. The former Leicester player may not feature in Ten Hag&aposs first-team plans but that did not stop the midfielder from showing his respect for his skipper.
Although Maguire is technically the club captain, the 28-year-old has all but assumed a vital leadership role under Ten Hag. The drive to win was clear to see again, yet Fernandes managed to put aside the on-pitch rivalry for a moment of class in the second-half.
In the 51st minute, compatriot Daniel Podence went down with an injury and required treatment from the club physios. No sooner had the Wolves star started being tended to by the medical staff before Fernandes was over to check if he was okay.
The United man was on his haunches and offering words of comfort to the winger in what was a classy moment away from the action.
Van de Beek came on in the second half and was presented with a handful of chances to set Rashford free in behind the Wolves defence.
The former Ajax midfielder could not find the correct pass on several occasions, most noticeably in the 92nd minute when Rashford would have been one-on-one with Sa if Van de Beek played the right ball. In the heat of the moment, the forward could not hide his frustration as he threw his arms out and cast an exasperated figure on the halfway line.
Wolves were looking to pile the pressure on as the minutes ticked away. David de Gea was called upon to deny what looked to be a certain goal from Raul Jimenez as the Spaniard denied the Mexican from point-blank range to keep the score at 1-0.
A resulting corner saw Aaron Wan-Bissaka win a foul on the edge of the box, prompting Victor Lindelof and Fernandes to celebrate wildly, knowing United had all but seen the match through with that foul. Ten Hag has certainly brought a togetherness to the squad and it showed at Molineux.
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