Everyone knew that this would be tough game against a disciplined, well-drilled team so trying to get past them when we had the key injuries to two of our better players meant that a draw would be the most likely result and so it told. Dalot in the last minute had the best chance but it was too little, too late.
As debut goes, it was pretty solid from the £49 million man from Sporting. In the first half, he was the only one looking to force the issues, whether it be by passing with intent, forward needless to say, or shooting at goal, in a team that turned opportunities to have pot shots on multiple occasions before things became more desperate towards the end. He came from a team with just as low confidence and at the beginning, in the 10 position he started in, he was getting on the ball in more dangerous areas, sometimes creating good combinations with others. However, due to no fault of his own, he had to be dropped back into the midfield pairing with Fred because one particular Brazilian/Belgian team mate struggled to cope in there. His influence waned as the game slogged on, a shot from outside the box, which Rui Patricio almost dropped into the net, being the only time he really threatened Wolves’ goal. It does show that the problem is bigger than just getting better individuals but he did show some of the prowesses he can bring that will improve us in the middle and final third.
The positions the Welshman took up today were strange beyond belief. Of all the things you associate with his attributes, standing in the pockets between the wing back and centre backs of Wolves negate pretty much all of those. This was particularly happening in the first half, when he was on the left. Considered his stronger position by some, it actually allows him to start moving inwards but today he was doing it far too early and far too much. He was the only player on the pitch who has the pace to stretch them in behind or take it past a man yet he was taking up slots that meant he would never ever be able bring that into play. The second half he was switched to the right hand side, to show the things that cater to his game more, but all we saw is the fact that this is a player that shouldn’t be starting games with any sort of regularity at Man Utd because at the end of the day, the only feather in his cap is his pace. There are no tricks to pull to get past his man, his passing, crossing and shooting are incredibly uninspiring in any regard. He couldn’t provide any sort of impetus and once everyone is fully fit, a place firmly on the bench should be waiting for him