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Football | Rashford's last-gasp strike sinks Wolves

Marcus Rashford's deflected strike in the third minute of injury time has secured a vital 1-0 win for Manchester United against Wolves at Old Trafford.

The game seemed destined for a scoreless stalemate when Rashford took possession on the edge of the area, virtually at the touchline after he chased down Bruno Fernandes' through ball.

After cutting into the box, the England striker let loose a left-footed shot that took a deflection off Roman Saiss to leave Rui Patricio completely wrong-footed.

The win sees United climb into second place in the Premier League, within two points of league leaders Liverpool, who will travel to Newcastle on Wednesday night.

It was very cruel on Wolves, who were worthy of a point, although they had Patricio to thank for an earlier save when he denied Fernandes from the best chance of the match.

United had a goal chalked off against Edinson Cavani who was in an offside position, despite the ball taking a touch off Conor Coady before the Uruguayan striker pulled the trigger.

At the other end, Saiss clipped the top of the crossbar before David de Gea had to react sharply to keep the defender's' flick out.

Paul Pogba forced a save from Patricio in the 75th minute; the France international registering United's second shot on target in the match.

Rashford's late winner - his eighth goal of the season - keeps Ole Gunnar Solskjær's Red Devils firmly in the title race, with United set to take on the Reds on January 17th.

The Red Devils have now won seven of their last nine league matches.

Wolves, who are eight points off the top four, remain in 12th place. Interestingly, Nuno named the club's youngest Premier League starting lineup since April 2012.

 

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