Phil Jones shines two years after his last Premier League game as Jadon Sancho fell flatly in defeat to Wolves

MANCHESTER UNITED lost 0-1 to Wolves thanks to Joao Moutinho’s dramatic last-minute goal at Old Trafford.

Phil Jones barely misplaced a foot in his first Premier League game in two years while Jadon Sancho was in decline.

Phil Jones has boasted his long-awaited return to United's first team

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Phil Jones has boasted his long-awaited return to United’s first teamCredit: AP
Jadon Sancho has struggled all his life and is lucky to last as long as he did

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Jadon Sancho has struggled all his life and is lucky to last as long as he didCredit: PA

United’s players fell victim to Ralf Rangnick’s system in the first half when Wolves had most of the playing time and created the best chances.

David De Gea was forced to make a few clever saves – the best of which was from Ruben Neves’ submerged volley.

But Sancho was brutal as his and Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s final touches killed off United’s only promising attacks as the team drew goalless.

It was the same in the early stages of the second half before Bruno Fernandes was brought on and fired from close range to send the ball over the bar shortly after. But the pressure of Wolves finally paid off in the 82nd minute.

Adama Traore’s cross was headed by Jones, it fell to Moutinho’s position on the edge of the box and his shot went past the defending United defenders and into the bottom left corner.

Here’s what SunSport’s Will Pugh thinks of the Reds’ individual performance.

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Ralf Rangnick looked unimpressed with United's performance

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Ralf Rangnick looked unimpressed with United’s performanceCredit: AP


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DAVID DE GEA – 8/10

His first act was a stop near Daniel Podence’s vertical post.

And he made a superb fingertip save to head Ruben Neves’ spectacular effort over the bar from the corner.

Nelson Semedo slams a smack on him shortly after but he beats it.

Watched Romain Saiss’ free kick go over the bar in the final period. Seems to be the only one in the stadium that’s certain it won’t go in.

Did all he had to do.

David De Gea stood up to everything Wolves threw at him at Old Trafford

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David De Gea stood up to everything Wolves threw at him at Old TraffordCredit: EPA

AARON WAN-BISSAKA (replaced by Elanga, 84 min) – 7

In attack looks much more dangerous than he usually does.

Links well with Mason Greenwood on the right and is sent into the danger zone on a few occasions.

Two crosses in the first half missed Ronaldo’s chance by just inches. And he tripped over his own feet after beating Marcal trying to pass later in the game.

Rangnick will want more of this from him – just with a better final ball.

RAPHAEL VARANE – 6

Solid enough.

Wolves created plenty of chances in the game but the Frenchman equaled everything he faced.

Same again after taking a break.

Raphael Varane was hit hard by defensive partner Phil Jones but failed

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Raphael Varane was hit hard by defensive partner Phil Jones but failedCredit: Getty

PHIL JONES – 8

The commander who headed in the first minute drew big cheers from the home audience when he back to the team after two years.

Another timely intervention 10 minutes later to cut a Wolves cross.

Podence created the conditions for a long shot but closed the corner so De Gea made an easy save right after.

Great reaction to stop Raul Jimenez from scoring at close range during the thrilling first half.

And Jones ran out to scream at Neves right after.

Even enjoyed a free kick deep inside Wolves’ half that Ronaldo headed from an offside position.

His defensive header after Traore’s cross fell to Moutinho, who took home the winning goal but it would be harsh to blame him.

The comeback was absolutely brilliant and the United fans chanted his name throughout to show their appreciation.

Jones' early header received a standing ovation from the home fans

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Jones’ early header received a standing ovation from the home fansCredit: Reuters

LUKE SHAW – 4

Wolves had quite a few successful tackles on Shaw’s flank as they probed in the first half.

The England international managed to progress but the combination of Rangnick’s system and having Sancho in front of him made it difficult for him to contribute.

Booked for blocking Trincao on the halfway line when Wolves broke down 10 minutes into the first half. Will miss United’s next game.

Was transformed by Traore in the winning phase of Moutinho.

Wolves' Nelson Semedo had a lot of fun escaping down the flanks of Luke Shaw at Old Trafford

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Wolves’ Nelson Semedo had a lot of fun escaping down the flanks of Luke Shaw at Old TraffordCredit: EPA

SCOTT McTOMINAY – 4

No fatigue and very little impact from midfield.

Booked for a careless and unnecessary foul on Podence just three minutes after the break.

Will miss United’s next game.

NEMANJA MATIC – 5

The record is quite poor – especially when Wolves let United equalize in the first half.

Tried to join attacks at any time but things are a bit too slow.

Thought he would assist Bruno Fernandes to make it 1-0, but the Portuguese broke the ball over the bar.

Booked for a rough foul on Traore in the 73rd minute as the winger ran towards the edge of United’s box.

Nemanja Matic is unappealing at the base of midfield but slightly better than his teammate Scott McTominay

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Nemanja Matic is unappealing at the base of midfield but slightly better than his teammate Scott McTominayCredit: Reuters

MASON GREENWOOD (replaced by Fernandes, 59 minutes) – 7

A great pass to equalize Sancho in the early stages after turning defense into attack.

The first half was full of energy as he tried to make something happen and looked United’s liveliest midfielder.

Boomed a goal early in the second half when he became frustrated.

Boldly surrendered to Sancho at the hour mark.

JADON SANCHO (replaced by Rashford 75 minutes) – 3

Conceded by Greenwood for only five minutes but he successfully kicked the ball after letting Ronaldo pass in goal, which was clearly the best option.

Continuity of sloppy use for the rest of the first half as United looked to the £73million man to provide the ball and relieve pressure.

Losing the ball almost whenever he tries to ‘dribble’ or do anything, even attack from a distance.

Also lost the ball deep in his own half that almost played against Wolves before halftime.

The second half started off losing the ball again as he tried unnecessarily to get close to Ronaldo, who was surrounded by three Wolves defenders.

Misery doesn’t work. Only positive thing is that he worked hard to track back and help protect at times.

Jadon Sancho chose to shoot here instead of playing Ronaldo in and it sums up his terrifying contribution

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Jadon Sancho chose to shoot here instead of playing Ronaldo in and it sums up his terrifying contributionCredit: AP

EDINSON CAVANI – 4

The first time fans knew he was on the pitch was when he made a frantic effort over the bar in the 42nd minute.

Greenwood was in a much better position which made the shooting decision even worse.

Nowhere is nearly as efficient as he can be.

CRISTIANO RONALDO – 7

A rare night as the Portuguese captain saw him rather isolated in the first half.

But the captain’s armband seems to give him an extra boost as he’s much more mobile than usual.

He was causing trouble and harassing Wolves when he lost the ball and was sprinting trying to break into space and create spaces when his side had the ball.

His heart fluttered when he tried to get back with De Gea but only found Jimenez in the United box.

Fortunately, the first chance came nothing happened before an offside flag saved his blush as Wolves pushed again.

A correct header was ruled out for offside 23 minutes into the game and a left footed shot missed the post just seconds later when it passed.

Cristiano Ronaldo is much more mobile and looks full of desire when he is the team captain

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Cristiano Ronaldo is much more mobile and looks full of desire when he is the team captainCredit: EPA

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BRUNO FERNANDES – 5

Stabbed a custodian when Matic entered the field just minutes after entering.

But there was clearly an impact on the game as United looked more dangerous and the crowd became much noisier after his introduction.

MARCUS RASHFORD – 5

Much more energetic and efficient than the one he replaced but it wasn’t enough to get anything out of the game.

ANTHONY ELANGA – 5

Not enough time to make an impact.

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