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Second-string United side beat Wolves


Anthony Elanga scored his first goal for Manchester United when a second string team beat Wolverhampton in their Premier League clash on Sunday.

Manchester United's Anthony Elanga and Juan Mata
Manchester United’s Anthony Elanga and Juan Mata react during their Premier League game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday. Photo: Rui Vieira/Reuters

WOLVERHAMPTON – A makeshift Manchester United side ended their Premier League campaign on a high as 19-year old forward Anthony Elanga scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

Elanga fired United ahead in the 13th minute and Juan Mata netted a penalty in first-half stoppage time, giving United the win after wing-back Nelson Semedo had equalised with his maiden goal for Wolves.

With Champions League qualification secured and United bracing for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Spanish side Villarreal, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rested his regular starters as Elanga linked up with 18-year-old Amad Diallo in attack.

The Swedish youngster opened the scoring in his second start for United with a thumping header from eight metres after Daniel James picked him out with a fine cross from the left.

A flowing move allowed Semedo to draw level in the 39th minute, before Mata restored United’s lead as he sent home keeper Rui Patricio the wrong way with a coolly taken penalty, given after a lengthy VAR check.

United stayed second on 74 points, 12 behind champions Manchester City, while Wolves finished 13th on 45 points, with their fans giving manager Nuno Espirito Santo a standing ovation after his last game in charge.