Raphael Varane impresses as Manchester United return to winning ways – report

Manchester United returned to winning ways against Wolves as they claimed the all-important three points. It was far from comfortable, however, as the home side put up a valiant effort in their search for a first win of the campaign.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named a strong starting eleven, with Jadon Sancho making his first start for the club and Raphael Varane debuting for his new side.

Varane was particularly impressive – the 28-year-old was colossal at the heart of United’s defence and never looked out of place. The four-time Champions League winner was also credited with an assist for the winner.

Bruno Lage’s side started the game on the front foot and forced United into safe backwards passing, which resulted in an early chance for the hosts. Fred’s miskick put Trincao through on goal and the young winger must have thought he had scored their first goal of the season. Instead, an incredible last-ditch tackle from Aaron Wan-Bissaka denied him.

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As half-time approached, the need for changes from Solskjaer was clear and it wasn’t long until the Norwegian boss made his first chance. Daniel James, who had little success on the right side against Marcal, was replaced by Edinson Cavani.

Wolves tired as the game went on and Manchester United successively took control of the affair. Eventually, a breakthrough would be found through Mason Greenwood – the teenager has now scored in all three games of the season.

The goal secured all three points for Manchester United but Solskjaer will be worried about his team’s performance. He will be boosted by the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is expected to be available for the visit of Newcastle United on September 11.

In avoiding defeat at Molineux, Manchester United are now unbeaten in their last 28 away games in the Premier League – a new record for the competition. Arsenal’s ‘invincibles’ team, who were the previous holders, set the record of 27 in 2004.

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