Garth Crooks praises Jose Sa and includes him in his Team of the Week
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Garth Crooks praises Jose Sa and includes him in his Team of the Week

Jose Sa denied Bruno Fernandes with the last kick of the game as Wolves earned a historic victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Joao Moutinho’s goal from outside the box earned Wolves a first win at the Theatre of Dreams since 1980 and it was absolutely deserved.

Fernandes’ late effort was the only time Sa was seriously tested but his commanding performance and distribution earned him a spot in Garth Crooks’ BBC Team of the Week.

Crooks was full of praise for the way Sa performed at Old Trafford and how he has settled into life at Molineux following his summer arrival.

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“This was a tremendous victory for Wolves at Old Trafford but more importantly thoroughly deserved,” said Crooks.

“They dominated the first half and held their nerve in the second. There were a number of impressive performances by the visitors but the man that literally saved the day was Jose Sa.

“The save by Sa from Bruno Fernandes in the final seconds of the game was top class and the reaction from his team-mates proved the point. When Rui Patricio left Molineux for Roma I thought Wolves would really struggle to replace him but Sa has been outstanding.

“Only Ederson (11), Aaron Ramsdale (nine) and Alisson (nine) have kept more Premier League clean sheets among keepers than Jose Sa this season (eight).”

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Sa has been up there with the signings of the season and has been admirably protected by the Wolves backline since his arrival.

The club’s defensive record is testament to that, and although Romain Saiss’ impending departure for the Africa Cup of Nations is a potential issue, the team and Sa is playing so well that it should not be a major problem.

Top goalkeepers do what Sa did; keep concentration even when there is not an awful lot to do and come up trumps to earn points.

He deserves the praise and last night was just the latest example of his quality.