Manchester United v Wolves: Match in pictures
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Manchester United stars are ‘scared’ to play for the club, former Tottenham striker Darren Bent believes. The Red Devils were stunned by Wolves on Monday night in interim boss Ralf Rangnick’s first defeat.
Joao Moutinho scored the only goal of the game nine minutes from the end.
United were incredibly poor at Old Trafford and managed just two shots on target, one of which came in the final minute.
That is despite them lining up with an attacking front four of Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho.
Bruno Fernandes came off the bench and struck the crossbar midway through the second half.
The defeat and recent performances – despite results showing Rangnick was unbeaten during his first four matches – have been heavily criticised. Bent believes there is a stark contrast in personality between the current United squad and sides of old.
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“Rio Ferdinand has a point,” the former England striker told TalkSPORT.
“When you played Manchester United when they were really successful, you used to stand in the tunnel and every single one of their players used to stand with their with their chest out and they wanted to carry the burden of that shirt and wear it with pride.
“It’s almost like this Manchester United team are scared to wear the shirt. Even when they get taken off for substitutions, they can’t get off the pitch quick enough.
“Even Marcus Rashford at the minute seems to have the world on his shoulders. He’s thinking about every else other than football.
“I’m not quite sure what direction they are going in.”
Bent added: “They’re not a long way off, but they are not in any great form to warrant them getting into that top four.
“Arsenal are playing well and played really well against City, even though they left with nothing. Spurs at the minute under Conte are rampant going up the league.
“They’re not even playing that well but they’re still picking up results, and eventually they will start playing well and really move up that league.”
United defender Luke Shaw made the stunning revelation that he felt his team-mates were not ‘together’ on the pitch against Wolves.
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“We didn’t have many options on the ball and we weren’t on the front foot. We have to put more pressure on them, we have to have intensity,” the left-back reflected to Sky Sports.
“Us players, we have been here a long time, maybe tonight we struggled, I didn’t think we were all there together.
“You look at the players we have, we have unbelievable quality but sometimes quality is not enough.
“We need to bring the intensity and more motivation. Inside the dressing room, we know what we want but out on the pitch we need to give 100 per cent.”
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