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Solskjaer highlights the positives after Manchester United lose at Wolves

Mixed emotions: Chris Smalling, whose own goal sealed victory for Wolves, and United keeper David de Gea (left) show their agony
Mixed emotions: Chris Smalling, whose own goal sealed victory for Wolves, and United keeper David de Gea (left) show their agony

By Simon Peach

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cut a disappointed figure last night after his side's Champions League qualification hopes were dented by a 2-1 loss at Wolves.

Scott McTominay's low strike fired the visitors in front but the hosts equalised through Diogo Jota and after Ashley Young was sent off a Chris Smalling own goal on 77 minutes settled the contest.

United are now level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham and two points behind Arsenal in third, but have now played a game more than both London clubs.

"We didn't pounce on big moments in the game," said Solskjaer.

"There's a couple of mistakes from us. We gave them that first goal, we have to be honest."

United had the chance to move third in the Premier League but endured a miserable night. Solskjaer, however, wasn’t disappointed with his side’s performance.

“I think we played some fantastic stuff, in the first 20 minutes we should have been two or three up and I’m not exaggerating,” he added. “Scott McTominay played really well tonight, he’s been excellent. He gave us a goal threat, energy and legs — I’m very pleased with him.”

On Ashley Young’s sending off, he added: “When you’re on a yellow and you go in you’re always in danger of getting another one. He hit the ball but followed through and hit him. It’s a yellow card.

“At 10 men it’s hard but we had to keep the ball. We didn’t want them to put pressure on us. They scored with their first chance after the sending off and you have to give them credit.”

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo was thrilled with his side’s display.

“Tonight was a good night, a good game of football,” he said.

“What more can you ask? We know it was very difficult. The extra effort the boys make and they then react to the first goal — I’m really pleased.

“I give credit to United for how they shaped themselves, it was difficult to recover the ball. The way we reacted was amazing.”

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