Manchester United Outplay Wolves
Premier League leaders Manchester United methodically dismantled relegation battling Wolverhampton Wanderers to the tune of a 5–0 win at Molineux Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Sir Alex Ferguson´s title challengers controlled possession of the ball from the very start of the game and found themselves deservedly 3–0 up at half time.
Manchester United defender Jonny Evans possesses many qualities as a footballer, but scoring goals has not been one of them so far. The Northern Ireland player nevertheless swept the ball in from close range to give his team an early lead in the 21st minute of the encounter with Wolverhampton yesterday. With the goal the visitors became more settled and more dangerous on counterattacks as the first period wore on. And to make matters even worse for Wanderers, versatile defender Ronald Zubar was duly given his marching orders by the referee after 39 minutes of action for a second yellow card for a tough tackle on Danny Welbeck. Then a mere two minutes before the first half ended, Wayne Rooney found greyhound quick flankman Antonio Valencia who ran on goalwards and hammered an unstoppable drive across a helpless Wayne Hennessey and into the net.
Manchester United eventually went into a well deserved 3–0 lead as Danny Welbeck fired a low centre from the ever present Antonio Valencia behind the home goalkeeper and into the back of net in first-half stoppage time. The Manchester Reds carried on where they left in the first period and in the 56th minute of play trigger happy marksman Javier Hernandez went on to net the fourth goal of the afternoon with a powerful header from a magnificent Rafael da Silva cross before the same player scored five minutes later to ensure the final scoreline read 5–0 in the favour of Manchester United. After demolishing Terry Connor´s relegation struggling Wolverhampton team yesterday, Sir Alex Ferguson´s players are now four points clear of longtime adversaries Manchester City in second place.