Manchester United v Wolves: Match in pictures
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Manchester United hero Rio Ferdinand believes Marcus Rashford’s body language is a cause for concern following their 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Monday. Ralf Rangnick’s side went into the game hoping to make it back to back Premier League victories. Yet that didn’t happen, with Joao Moutinho’s late goal giving the visitors all three points.
Manchester United were good against Burnley on Thursday, winning 3-1 with Scott McTominay and Cristiano Ronaldo both chipping in with goals.
Yet any hopes the Red Devils would turn their season around in the aftermath of that result have now faded in the wake of their 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Monday night.
Moutinho scored a deserved winner for the visitors, who dominated the game and were unlucky not to be ahead prior to his strike.
United were abysmal, producing a performance as wretched as anything they managed during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time at the club.
Now, club legend Ferdinand has opened up on the defeat – and insisted Rashford’s body language should be considered a worry.
The England international was flat after coming on late on, with the forward appearing to be short of confidence.
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Ferdinand thinks Rashford now needs to up the ante in order to improve, while also acknowledging the whole team requires improvement.
“Body language is an issue,” Ferdinand told Vibe With Five.
“Marcus Rashford comes off the bench and you are expecting him to go out there and really fly and give it some.
“And sometimes you see him losing the ball and the reaction to losing the ball isn’t what you want to see sometimes.
“That could be down to him not being happy not playing etc. But you’ve got to put that to one side.
“When you’re out of the team it’s about coming in and proving to the manager what you’re about and who you are.
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“Maybe he feels he is not getting the opportunities he deserves. I don’t know.
“It’s hard to pinpoint one player – you can’t, all the players have to take responsibility from Cristiano at the top all the way down to all the other players.”
United boss Rangnick was brutal with his analysis after the game, insisting it was a terrible display from start to finish.
“We didn’t play well at all individually or collectively,” he sad.
“In the first half, we had big problems to keep them away from our goal.
“In the second half we changed to a back three and had more control then a spell of 15 minutes where we could have scored.
“The goal we conceded, we had enough players in the box. The cross had been defended by Jones but the goal we conceded was like too many this season.
“Moutinho could shoot unmarked with no problems, no pressure. We’re very disappointed about the result and parts of our performance.
“They’re playing with four or five central midfielders and we had problems to control that part of the pitch.
“We decided to change our formation and we had more control – they didn’t have as many chances – but we missed our chances and we have to admit they deserved to win.
“Wolves were the best team we’ve played. We have more problems today than in other games.
“We didn’t press at all. We tried but we were not able to get into those pressing situations.
“They had an overload in midfield and they played via their wing-backs. We’ve been only working two and a half or three weeks after needing to close the training centre. We had the results. In times we played well but today we have to admit they’re better than us.”
While it was a terrible night for United, Wolves boss Bruno Lage was delighted after his side claimed victory.
“It is one more victory,” said the Portuguese.
“Lovely stadium, a place with a lot of history but the most important thing is how we played.
“We played in our way, we controlled the first half and missed a lot of chances.
“We win three points, and have more chances than goals.
“We deserved the three points. Every time I am positive and try to win the games. This is football, they had one good chance for Bruno.”
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