Manchester United Clinches 4-3 Thriller with Mainoo’s Late Winner

In a pulsating encounter at Molineux on Thursday, Marcus Rashford stole the spotlight as Manchester United emerged victorious against Wolverhampton Wanderers with a scoreline of 4-3. Left out of the previous cup fixture, Rashford made an immediate impact by notching the opening goal just five minutes into the game. Assisted by Luke Shaw, he also played a pivotal role in setting up Rasmus Hojlund for United’s second in the 22nd minute.

Dominant First Half, Denied by Offside

The Red Devils displayed dominance in the first half, with Hojlund and Casemiro having their efforts ruled out for offside. Despite a series of missed opportunities, the visitors showcased their attacking prowess, leaving the home side struggling to contain the onslaught.

VAR Drama Unfolds in Second Half

The game took a dramatic turn in the second half when Wolverhampton Wanderers were awarded a penalty after a challenge from Casemiro on Pedro Neto. Despite minimal contact, VAR confirmed the decision, allowing substitute Pablo Sarabia to convert the penalty in the 71st minute.

A rollercoaster of Goals in Thrilling Climax

The excitement continued as Scott McTominay, coming off the bench, swiftly restored the visitors’ two-goal cushion in the 75th minute. However, Wolves mounted a spirited comeback, with Max Kilman reducing the deficit in the 85th minute. Pedro Neto then leveled the score in stoppage time with a superb effort, setting the stage for an enthralling climax.

Mainoo’s Late Winner Seals the Deal

In a stunning turn of events, Kobbie Mainoo, at just 18 years old, etched his name into the headlines. He accomplished this by curling the ball into the net in the 97th minute. The young talent’s cool finish secured a vital win for Manchester United, propelling them to seventh place in the Premier League table with 35 points.

Mainoo’s Dream Debut

After the match, Mainoo conveyed his elation, declaring, “Living this dream is truly a come true moment.” Reflecting on the challenging match, he added, “To start playing in the Premier League for my boyhood club has been amazing. Now it’s about trying to win more games.”

Captain Fernandes Lauds Mainoo’s Impact

Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes praised Mainoo’s composure in the cauldron atmosphere, describing him as “a big talent.” Fernandes recalled watching Mainoo play for the Under-18s and emphasized the youngster’s potential for the first team.

Ten Hag Relieved with “Massive” Victory

Erik ten Hag, the relieved United manager, deemed the win “massive” for his side. While acknowledging the team’s strong performance, he highlighted the need to address defensive lapses. “We showed great resilience, especially Kobbie Mainoo,” the Dutchman added, acknowledging the youngster’s crucial late goal.

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