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Wolves 2-1 Manchester United: Smalling own goal dents Red Devils top-four hopes as Young see reds

A defeat that dents their hopes of finishing in the top-four owed much to another disjointed performance little better than the one Solskjaer described as the worst of his time in charge. The Norwegian has now lost three of his last four games.

But great credit must go again to Wolves for another vibrant performance to beat United twice in the same season for the first time since 1980. They have now taken 13 points of the Big Six teams, more than any other club outside that bracket, and go into Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Watford in buoyant mood.

United’s cause was not helped by the deserved sending-off of captain Ashley Young just before the hour mark but a display that started so well and dipped so badly was summed up by the two goals they conceded.

The winner in the 77th minute started with Joao Moutinho on the left who swung in a cross towards the penalty spot.

Raul Jimenez beat substitute Phil Jones to it and headed downwards. Leander Dendoncker swung at the ball and missed but Chris Smalling got in David de Gea’s way and then handballed the ball into his own goal as he fell over.

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