Wolves produced a fine second-half performance to come from a goal down and snatch a 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Monday.
The atmosphere at Molineux was fantastic, as Wolves fought back against their illustrious opponents after the break. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were feisty and tenacious and made life extremely difficult for the visitors. However, it took a moment of magic for them to draw level. 22-year-old midfielder Ruben Neves produced a wonderful long-raged effort that found the top corner and levelled the game.
Even then, though, Manchester United would have claimed all three points had Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio not heroically saved Paul Pogba’s penalty. In the end the points were split and a draw was probably a fair result. However, Wolves deserve plenty of credit for the way they fought back against the Red Devils.
After the match, Wolves captain Conor Coady credited their team spirit and inspiring manager for the comeback. As quoted by the Express & Star, the centre-back said, “it is important to have that type of grit and bite…the manager spoke at half-time fantastically well like always and showed us a few other things we needed to do…Second half I thought we were brilliant…We have some fantastic footballers but more importantly we are fantastic friends and we all stick together…we make sure we never ever give up”.
It is hard to believe that Wolves were only promoted back into the Premier League ahead of last season. The quality, confidence and maturity they showed throughout that campaign and have started this one with demonstrates that they belong at the top. Manchester United will be disappointed not to have won at Molineux, but Wolves will take points off of a lot of good teams this season.
Nuno clearly inspires his team and in Coady they have a real leader. Along with the sprinkling of star quality they have throughout their squad, this makes Wolves a formidable unit.