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3 of the best moments from Wolves' 2021/22 campaign

2021/22 was very up and down for Wolves.

Bruno Lage came in last summer as a replacement for Nuno Espirito Santo, and fans were full of optimism, but also nervous about change.

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The new manager made a great start to the campaign, and had Wolves in contention for European football by February.

But Wolves really struggled in the last couple of months of the season, and many feel slightly disappointed that the club has finished 10th.

Despite limping to the finish line, there were some fantastic moments in 2021/22 – and here are three of the best.

Raul Jimenez scores against Southampton

It was a great moment when Raul Jimenez made his return for Wolves in the Premier League on the opening day of the season against Leicester City.

The Mexico striker suffered a life-threatening skull fracture in November 2020, which ruled him out for the rest of that season.

He thankfully was able to come back to the game he loves, sporting protective headgear which serves as a constant reminder of what happened.

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Jimenez took a number of weeks to get up to speed. It was clear that the injury was affecting his game.

But he finally got on the scoresheet in the sixth league game against Southampton in September at St. Mary’s Stadium.

The star collected a long ball from Jose Sa, and managed to out-muscle Jan Bednarek and then Mohammed Salisu, and then Bednarek again before coolly slotting the ball past Alex McCarthy.

It was an amazing goal, and a hugely emotional moment for everyone connected with Wolves.

Wolves come from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2

It is still hard to believe Wolves pulled this off.

Villa had a deserved 2-0 lead at Villa Park thanks to goals from Danny Ings and John McGinn. And it appeared to be a foregone conclusion that they would see the game out and take all three points.

After all, Wolves had put in a terrible performance.

But out of nowhere, Wolves got back level thanks to two scrappy goals from Romain Saiss and Conor Coady on 80 and 85 minutes.

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And then, up stepped Ruben Neves to score with a deflected free-kick to prompt scenes of utter bedlam in the away end.

Wolves found the going very tough throughout 2021/22 when falling behind in games. But for whatever reason that day, Wanderers were able to win against all the odds.

Wolves beat Manchester United at Old Trafford

Manchester United may have had a lot of problems throughout 2021/22, but they were still going to be a tough test for Wolves at Old Trafford. Or so, that’s what most people thought.

Wolves rocked up against Ralf Rangnick’s side and completely dominated the game.

Bruno Lage instructed his side to get the ball out to the wing-backs, who were very high and very wide, as much as possible.

Nelson Semedo and Fernando Marcal really caused problems for the Red Devils that evening.

But every player was excellent that night, particularly the two players in midfield – Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho.

The Portuguese pair completely ran the show, and it was Moutinho who struck the winner on 82 minutes.

The 1-0 win (somehow it was only one) meant Wolves recorded their first victory at Old Trafford in almost 42 years.

It was a result that got Wolves off to the perfect start in 2022, and prompted a lot of people to stand up and take note of Wanderers under Lage.

It was just a shame such performances were ultimately not replicated all that often.

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