By Joseph Ayinde
Joao Moutinho scored a late winner as Wolverhampton Wanderers inflicted Manchester United’s first defeat under Ralf Rangnick with a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.
Phil Jones, making his first Premier League appearance for Man Utd in 712 days, earned applause from the Old Trafford faithful with his first touch in the opening minute, a clearing header from Francisco Trincao’s dangerous cross.
That set the tone for a first half in which United defended resolutely as Wolves racked up 14 shots on target – a Premier League record for the West Midlands club.
Bruno Lage’s side were frustrated by David De Gea, who denied Daniel Podence and Ruben Neves with excellent saves before Jones made a brilliant block to stop Nelson Semedo’s 45th-minute ball from reaching Neves.
United grew into the match following the introduction of Bruno Fernandes on the hour-mark and the substitute hit the woodwork seven minutes later from Nemanja Matic’s cutback.
Romain Saiss also clipped the bar for Wolves with a 75th-minute free-kick before Moutinho produced the winner.
Picking up Jones’s headed clearance the Portuguese midfielder drove a low shot into the bottom corner eight minutes from time.
Defeat leaves Man Utd seventh on 31 points, four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and with a match in hand.
Their first Premier League win at Old Trafford moves Wolves up to eighth, three points behind the Red Devils.