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Mainoo’s 97th-Minute Goal Gives Man Utd Dramatic 4-3 Victory Over Wolves

by: EdwardB


Manchester United clinched a dramatic 4-3 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a thrilling English Premier League encounter on Feb 1, marked by a late winner from teenager Kobbie Mainoo.

Match Overview

In a rollercoaster of a match Manchester United initially stormed into a 2-0 lead by the 22nd minute courtesy of goals from Marcus Rashford and Rasmus Hojlund. However, Wolves clawed their way back into the game with a penalty converted by Pablo Sarabia in the 71st minute. Scott McTominay extended United’s lead only for Wolves to level the score at 3-3 with late goals from Max Kilman and Pedro Neto.

Kobbie Mainoo’s Heroics

With the game seemingly headed for a draw the 18-year-old Kobbie Mainoo stole the show with a brilliant solo run and shot in the 97th-minute goal securing a crucial victory for Manchester United. Manager Erik ten Hag hailed Mainoo’s progress and potential emphasizing his versatility as a modern midfield player.

“He’s making incredible progress. He has great abilities”, said ten Hag. “He is the modern midfield player, he can attack and defend. He has the intelligence to do both physicality. I will push him and support him to continue. He can become a great player”.

Player Performances

Marcus Rashford made an impactful return to the team after being fined for missing training scoring a fine finish from outside the box early in the game. Hojlund also showcased his scoring prowess with his third goal in four Premier League games.

Managerial Comments

Ten Hag expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance but acknowledged the need for improvement in defense. We played very good and dictated the game for an hour, he said. We should have made it 4-0, we didn’t and in the end, it is quite naive in how we conceded goals. We then showed stability, especially Kobbie Mainoo.

Meanwhile, Wolves boss Gary O’Neil praised his team’s effort and togetherness despite the disappointment of the loss. “I was proud of what they produced. Effort, quality, togetherness. Loads of it. Bundles of bundles of it”, he commented.


Manchester United’s victory propelled them closer to the top six in the league standings, providing a much-needed boost after a challenging season. The exciting encounter showcased the stability and talent of both teams, with Mainoo’s 97th-minute goal stealing the spotlight.

Overall, the match was a testament to the excitement and unpredictability of English Premier League football leaving fans on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.

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