Wolves, as they did a few weeks ago against Manchester City, upset a lot of people’s bets this weekend as they took points off another Manchester club in United. You could argue that Wolves should have won the game and their terrific performance is reflected in this week’s player ratings.
Rui Patricio – 8
Was inches away from stopping Fred’s goal, however the ball traveled through a body of players and Patricio couldn’t really have done much about it. The saves he did make though were fantastic, one from a Fred free kick in the first half and then a swerving Jesse Lingard shot during the second. Made a couple of other saves and didn’t look troubled. Will save Wolves lots of points this season.
Ryan Bennett – 8.5
The best free agent ever? Many raised eyebrows when Bennett became the first signing during the Nuno regime, especially those who listened to the not so glowing references from Norwich City fans. They among others were ever so wrong. Wolves’ best defender this season and continued his superb start against United. Kept a dismal Alexis Sanchez extremely quiet (who was hauled off by Mourinho).
Conor Coady – 8
Had a good solid game, dealt with Romelu Lukaku well with the only chance he had being offside. If he continues his consistent performances we may well see him in the next England squad.
Willy Boly – 8
After a shaky adaption to the Premier League, he looks back to his best showcasing his impressive distribution that we all saw last season. His crucial interception at the death took the ball away from Lukaku before he could get a shot away.
Matt Doherty – 8
Didn’t have as many opportunities going forward this game as he did last week but that is understandable due to the change of opposition. Instead, this game was more about Doherty’s defensive side and he marshaled the threat of Sanchez and Shaw well with neither United player allowed to influence the game.
Joao Moutinho – 9.5
I still can’t get my head around the fact this guy plays for our team. We paid £5m for him, the same fee Stoke paid for James McClean and £2.5m less than what Middlesbrough will pay for George Saville come January. Moutinho is something else, his all-round game is so classy and he’s now added a goal to his already impressive artillery. What a finish it was as well, he was unlucky not to score against Leicester so he’ll be over the moon he’s scored now.
Ruben Neves – 8.5
I feel like I will say this every week. Moutinho and Neves are both on another level to many midfielders in this league. Both out-classed Paul Pogba with Neves trying a classic long range shot that De Gea saved well. He never stops pressing and is always trying to win the ball back when out of possession. It was his interception from Pogba that started Wolves’ attack for the goal. Adapted to the Premier League no doubt.
Jonny Otto – 7.5
Did his job well, which is to look after the opposition’s wingers and then break forward at speed. Is a real workaholic who doesn’t stop running and covered every blade of grass on the left hand side of the pitch. Wasn’t as effective in attack this game, but again this is understandable due to the step up in opposition.Embed from Getty Images
Helder Costa – 9
His best game this season. Terrorised Luke Shaw and every time he attacked Costa got past the full back. Has improved every week this season and is keeping Traore on the bench. Was his cross that found Jimenez who set up Moutinho for the goal. Looks at his best again.
Raul Jimenez – 9
Another game, another 90 minutes of Raul Jimenez pressing the defence, linking play and creating chances. Had a fantastic shot saved by De Gea early in the first half. He is surprisingly quick and managed to get in behind the United defence on more than one occasion. Set up Moutinho for the equaliser.
Diogo Jota – 8
Started slow but as the game progressed, so did he. Non stop running at the United defence who must have had a difficult sleep Saturday night. Getting better and better simmilar to costa.
Adama Traore – 7
Had a few shots late on that tested De Gea but was so selfish when Wolves had a break away. Had the opportunity to pass to Morgan Gibbs White and instead decided to shoot from outside the box and miss horribly wide.
Romain Saiss – 7
His first appearance of the season. Saiss will still feature this season and is also cover for one of the defensive roles even if he looked shaky in pre-season at right centre back. Was brought on to help the team defend for the last 10 minutes.
Morgan Gibbs-White – N/A
It’s fantastic to see the trust Nuno has in the youngster to bring him on at one of the biggest clubs in the world. Will do Gibbs-White the world of good.