Eight minutes from time, Joao Moutinho scored the game’s sole goal to give Wolves a merited victory at Old Trafford and put an end to Ralf Rangnick’s unblemished run as temporary Manchester United manager.
Wolves’ first Old Trafford victory since 1980 required a Jose Sa save in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
Sa saved a curling free-kick from Bruno Fernandes, who had before blasted against the crossbar when he could have scored.
The visitors dominated the first half-hour and were back on top by the time Moutinho scored, albeit the goal was unlucky for central defender Phil Jones, who was one of United’s better players following a near two-year layoff due to injury.
Although Moutinho had not scored since February 2021, his clearing header dropped to the 35-year-old midfielder on the outside of the box, and despite having not scored since February 2021, he held his cool to smash a shot through a crowded penalty area and into the bottom corner.
The Wolves supporters erupted in applause at the final whistle, but it was a shattering defeat for Rangnick, who now finds himself in seventh place in the Premier League, 22 points behind champions Manchester City despite having played two less games.