The Red Devils have not lost since the 4-1 defeat to Watford that cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his job, but it has not been plane sailing for the new interim manager.
Disappointing performances forced draws against Young Boys and Newcastle before a vital victory over Burnley to round off 2021. Three more points will have United knocking on the door of the top four.
There has been little to cheer at Molineux recently – largely due to the fact Wolves have not played since December 19. A Covid-19 outbreak has kept Lage’s side out of action during the Christmas period and yet the Midlands club can rise as high as eighth with a win.
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69 mins: Old Trafford finds its voice as United find their range and Ronaldo races in behind to drag a shot across the face of goal and wide.
A classic bit of late drama could be about to unfold in front of the Stretford End…
The flag is up from a Ronaldo header after a free-kick from the right. Replays back up the flag.
What a chance for Fernandes! Racing onto the ball after a Matic cross from the left and he’s unmarked from 12 yards – he pumps an effort onto the underside of the bar.
66 mins: Trincao, who has rather summed up Wolves’ sense of looking good in attack until the time comes to actually shoot, is taken off for Traore.
64 mins: Shaw covers really well as Podence’s fine in-swinging cross is headed clear by the left-back with Jimenez ready to power an effort towards goal.
62 mins: This time it’s Wolves turn to give it away in their own half and Coady has to clear a Wan-Bissaka cross at the near-post.
59 mins: Old Trafford BOO Greenwood’s number going up with the youngster chosen to come off for Bruno Fernandes.
58 mins: Wolves break forward again and Trincao decides to dummy a shot on goal from a great position in the D. Semedo follows up with a deflected effort.
Why didn’t he shoot? Is being a Barcelona striker not enough reason to actually have a go?
56 mins: Shaw booked for felling Trincao after the ball had gone.
That’s another one-game ban, missing the game against Aston Villa in a couple of weeks.
55 mins: Nice little run from Kilman reaches the area before he realised where he was and slipped.
That gives a glimmer of a counter back for the home team, which fizzles into a routine spell of possession.