Wolves fell agonisingly short against Manchester United on Saturday to close out 2022 – and Aaron Wan-Bissaka caught the eye at Molineux.
Julen Lopetegui was taking first Premier League game at Molineux and looking to record a third straight win.
Wanderers put in a good performance against the Red Devils.
They were organised, and made life difficult for their opponents.
They also created a number of decent opportunities. But it was the same old issue for Wolves, with that cutting edge again lacking.
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In the end, Wolves were undone by one of the Premier League’s most in-form players at the moment Marcus Rashford.
He exchanged passes with Bruno Fernandes and held off Jonny Castro Otto before applying the finish past Jose Sa.
It was a tough one to take – few would have begrudged Wolves walking away with a point.
Lopetegui will no doubt be watching that game back and dissecting all aspects.
And it might be that he takes note of how well Aaron Wan-Bissaka played for United.
The £50 million star again featured at right-back in place of the injured Diogo Dalot, and gave a great account of himself.
He has been linked with Wolves recently, and so his performance was also going to make for interesting reading for fans.
The Manchester Evening News gave him a 7/10, stating ‘the right-back’s upward curve continued with a solid defensive display’.
By contrast, Nelson Semedo struggled for Wolves. After a fairly strong start, he almost gifted Alejandro Garnacho a goal in the first-half. From that moment on he was shaky in the contest. The Express & Star gave him just 4/10.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka showed Wolves first-hand he could be an upgrade on Nelson Semedo
Wan-Bissaka was not as marauding as Tyrell Malacia, but defensively he was really strong.
Daniel Podence did not get much joy against him, and the Englishman had a fairly comfortable afternoon.
It was interesting to watch him and Semedo at the same time.
Semedo has not had a good season at all so far, and he perhaps needed a strong performance here more than ever before, with a transfer target playing for the opponents.
There have been some claims recently that Wolves would cash in on Semedo is the offer was right.
Wan-Bissaka’s resurgence in recent weeks may have the club hoping that offer will come in for the Portuguese full-back.