Manchester United Back On Track
Sir Alex Ferguson´s title challenging side eased to a deserved and ultimately comfortable 4–1 triumph over Wolverhampton Wanderers at their Old Trafford home on Saturday afternoon thanks to two goals each from Nani and Wayne Rooney. For the most part, it was a comparatively one sided match as a confident Manchester United team dominated possession and produced the vast majority of goal scoring chances.
The victory against Wolverhampton gave Manchester United the perfect tonic after the surprising 2–1 defeat away to Swiss minnows FC Basel in the UEFA Champions League last Wednesday. Typifying his style, Nani helped Manchester United get their title hopes back on track after seventeen minutes of action when the wiry and wily winger opened the scoring account before Wayne Rooney doubled the lead for the hosts a mere ten minutes later. Scotland international forward Steven Fletcher pulled one back for The Old Gold only two minutes into the second half but in the 56th minute of the contest the inform Nani scored again for Manchester United as did the ever dangerous Wayne Rooney just after the hour mark. Despite a spirited comeback during the early stages of the second period, the Black Country club never really stood a chance against a hungry and fired-up Manchester United side. Following the 4–1 dismantling of Mick McCarty´s men on Saturday, The Reds are now two points adrift of Premier League table toppers Manchester City but have played an extra match. In their next league game, Manchester United travel to West London to play Neil Warnock´s Queens Park Rangers.
English Premier League, Manchester United vs Wolverhampton 4–1
Manchester United Line-up: David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Luis Nani, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck. Wolves Line-up: Wayne Hennessey, Ronald Zubar, Roger Johnson, Christophe Berra, Stephen Ward, David Edwards, Jamie O’Hara, Karl Henry, Matthew Jarvis, Steven Fletcher, Kevin Doyle. Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance: 75,600.
Luis Nani Fact File
Luis Nani made his competitive debut for Manchester United coming on as a second half substitute in the Community Shield against Chelsea in August 2007.