Manchester United had a tough match against Wolverhampton last night. Although it looked like Erik ten Hag's team would easily win, given the 0-2 lead and a large number of chances, things turned out differently.
Wolves managed to reduce the lead to 1-2 from the penalty spot. After that, United took the lead with a goal from Scot McTominay.
The lead did not last long. The Wolves managed to reduce the lead to 2-3 through Kilman, and then Pedro Neto scored a goal to equalize.
In those moments, it seemed that United would leave Molineaux with their heads down. However, 18-year-old Kobbie Mainoo impressed everyone and scored a goal after a great solo effort.
He brought immense happiness to the United fans and a 3-4 victory. Rasmus Hojlund was one of the better individuals as he scored the second goal for United. The Dane is optimistic about the future of his team and hopes that they can continue to win. It is imperative to secure the Champions League and try to reach the FA Cup final.
"I don't want to jinx anything but hopefully it can be a turning point," -Hojlund told TNT Sports, as quoted by eurosport.com
"It's a big win away and maybe we can get some wins going. January was okay for us and now I hope we have a good February.
We take every game at a time and we go for everything we can win. We want to win every game and go for the FA Cup and get as high in the table as possible. Hopefully we can get the Champions League."
Although Hojlund waited a long time for his Premier League goal, more precisely until boxing day, Hojlund continued his great form and scored goals in subsequent matches. This will be a huge motivation for him, considering that the striker needs new goals to gain confidence and continue to score them.
"I think there is an old saying with strikers that if you get the first they keep rolling. This one is a scrappy one but I need to be there and it is a good cross from Luke [Shaw]. I think my role is to find the spaces where I can be free and normally the manager wants me to go in the front to create space for the others. It is very important."
When discussing the differences between Serie A and the Premier League, the player points out that the pace of play in the Premier League is faster than what he was used to in Italy. This means that players need to react more quickly, both physically and mentally. Many players who came from Italy to England emphasized how difficult it is to adapt to English football. It is the league where the fastest football is played at the moment.
The player mentions the importance of being a split-second faster, indicating the need to be prepared and make decisions swiftly, even before getting the ball.
Erik ten Hag on his team's performance
Ten Hag called the victory "massive" but expressed concern about his team being "naive" in almost giving away a two-goal lead. He explained that, despite playing well and controlling the game for an hour, they missed opportunities to extend their lead.
The Dutch expert has huge problems with the defense. No matter how many goals the team from Old Trafford scores, the opposing team manages to score either the same or more. This time it didn't happen. However, this is a red alarm for Erik ten Hag to realize that it is necessary to strengthen the defense and to make certain changes in the future.
The term "naive" was used to criticize how they conceded goals, indicating a lack of defensive awareness. Despite these issues, Ten Hag praised the team's resilience, especially highlighting Kobbie Mainoo's great goal as a positive moment in the match.
Manchester United is waiting for a new challenge in a few days. They will have the opportunity to play against West Ham, who are great this season. Erik ten Hag knows West Ham and their qualities well. Precisely for this reason, the Dutchman is cautious and aware of how dangerous an opponent awaits him. If United wants to play in the Champions League, they must improve their form and keep winning. They are currently 8 points behind the 4th place, which will be difficult to reach, but not impossible.
Their main rival until the end could be Tottenham, as well as Aston Villa. We are used to seeing many scenarios in the Premier League, and nothing seems like an unrealistic option at this moment. Time will tell how much Manchester United can do.