Marcus Rashford’s early strike was quickly overshadowed by a dramatic late show as Manchester United secured a pulsating 4-3 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Thursday.
Despite a disciplinary controversy surrounding his late-night outing, Rashford marked his return to the starting lineup with a curling effort in the fifth minute. However, a second-half Wolves resurgence, fueled by goals from Max Kilman and Pedro Neto, threatened to derail United’s victory charge.
Enter Kobbie Mainoo, an 18-year-old midfielder making his first Premier League appearance. In the seventh minute of stoppage time, he danced through the Wolves defense and unleashed a stunning low shot, securing a dramatic triumph for the Red Devils.
The win, secured after twice surrendering a two-goal lead, showcased the rollercoaster nature of the game. Rasmus Hojlund’s scrappy effort and Scott McTominay’s headed goal after coming off the bench had earlier extended United’s advantage. However, Pablo Sarabia’s penalty for Wolves ensured a tense finale before Mainoo’s moment of magic.
Manchester United’s victory pushes them up to seventh place in the Premier League table, offering a much-needed morale boost after a turbulent week. Rashford’s performance, despite the earlier controversy, will be a positive talking point, while Mainoo’s emergence as a match-winner throws an exciting prospect into the mix for Erik ten Hag.