Wolves put in one of their best displays of the season to beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford – and Ruben Neves was outstanding in old gold.
Bruno Lage’s side have started off 2022 in the best possible way securing three points against a Big Six side.
Wolves were truly brilliant, and mixed great attacking football with solid defending (as usual).
Every Wolves player put in a great performance, with the two central midfielders coming in for praise from Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp after the game.
Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho were indeed superb, and it is the latter who made headlines with his winning goal.
But Neves was imperious at times, to the point where actually, he might have played a little too well.
Many Wolves fans will know that Neves was linked with a move away from Molineux last summer.
Thankfully, the club were able to hold onto him.
But one of the clubs interested in him were Manchester United, who are woefully short of quality in that area. That much was evident last night.
The pairing of Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic just doesn’t work for United.
And then there is Fred, who didn’t play last night but has regularly been criticised during his time at the club.
Wolves, really, would be fools not to expect United to come calling for Neves after showing them first-hand how good he is.
Wolves surely must brace for Manchester United to pursue Ruben Neves transfer
Manchester United would be mad not to try and sign Neves from Wolves.
The £16 million signing from FC Porto in 2017 is a clear upgrade on all their current options.
The hope from a Wolves perspective is obviously that Neves is keen to stay at the club.
He recently talked up the idea of turning out in the Champions League again, saying doing so in Wolves colours would be ‘perfect’.
The 24-year-old loves the club and Wolverhampton, so hopefully his exit is still some time off.
United could well come in with a big offer. Hopefully though, Fosun are standing ready to firmly reject any that may come in.
If Wolves are to go places under Lage, keeping Neves and building the team around him is essential.