Manchester United were lucky to get a 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on Tuesday night to go second in the Premier League table.
Bruno Fernandes had the best chance of the first half as he snuck into the back post to get on the end of a cross, however Patricio was equal to it.
United lacked a lot of pace in the build-up, and Wolves defended well to frustrate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men throughout the night.
Marcus Rashford then got the ball in the box late on, and his shot was luckily deflected into the back of the net.
Wolves failed to capitalise on United’s flat display, prioritising their own low block to stifle the threat of fast breaks that brought Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men six goals against Leeds United in their previous home game, and defender Romain Saiss was the visitors’ most potent attacking force.
In the 93rd minute of a turgid game with few clear chances for either side, the two stars of United’s season combined to produce a goal that took their tally to 10 points from their past four games at Old Trafford and ended 2020 on a high.
David de Gea kept the scores level at the end of a difficult first half for the hosts, the United goalkeeper making a crucial save with his fists to block Saiss’ near-post flick.
Edinson Cavani – who started a Premier League game for the first time – had the ball in the net after 68 minutes when he swept home Eric Bailly’s knock-down following a corner but the effort was ruled out for offside.
A rare glimmer of brilliance from Paul Pogba forced Rui Patricio into a diving save from a raking 25-yard drive, before De Gea superbly staved off the threat of a Wolves winner by getting down quickly to parry Rayan Ait-Nouri’s low angled shot away.
Just as it looked as though Wolves would run down the clock, Fernandes released Rashford with a 40-yard pass that was dispatched into the bottom-right corner – a touch off Saiss wrongfooting Rui Patricio.