Wolves were beaten in cruel fashion in the Premier League last night, with Manchester United scoring a deflected injury-time winner to take all three points.

A resolute and defensively determined performance was not enough at Old Trafford, with Marcus Rashford’s effort finding its way beyond Rui Patricio after taking a nick off Romain Saiss.

The result leaves a bitter taste, with the Red Devils hardly threatening in the match.

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Such things are always a possibility in football though, and the players will hopefully use the hurt as fuel against Brighton.

There were plenty of positives to take last night despite the defeat, with a number of youngsters really shining.

 

One man who came in for a lot of plaudits was summer signing Ki-Jana Hoever, who was in for his full Premier League debut.

He was impressively solid operating at right wing-back, and might just have given Nuno some food for thought.

Semedo has to step up

Hoever’s diplay last night was highly encouraging, and it means Nelson Semedo is going to have to up his game.

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The summer signing from Barcelona has not yet hit the ground running at Molineux – he hasn’t scored or assisted yet despite his reputation as being an attack-minded full-back, and the defensive side of his game has been a little suspect at times.

Hoever showcased a lovely blend of defensive solidity and attacking support, and £77,000-a-week star Semedo (Spotrac) must now rise to the challenge presented by the 18-year-old – perhaps this is exactly what he’s needed.

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