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3 talking points as Manchester United beat Wolverhampton Wanderers

Manchester United ended their league campaign with a win, as the Red Devils defeated Wolves in a tight encounter on Sunday.

Manchester United secured a 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers and finished second in the Premier League with 74 points from 38 matches. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made several changes to his line-up from the one against Fulham last week. He wanted to ensure that his first-team players remained fit and fresh for the Europa League final.

The Red Devils broke the deadlock early into the game after Anthony Elanga headed the ball past the reach of Rui Patricio to register his first Premier League goal. The link-up play between Alex Telles and Daniel James that led to the goal was commendable. James played an exquisite ball into the box, with his weak foot that set up the goal for Elanga.

Nelson Semedo equalized for the hosts, just before the half-time interval with an incredible finish. However, Juan Mata put the visitors back in the lead, after dispatching a penalty on the brink of half-time. The second half was uneventful as the score remained 2-1 which eventually ended Nuno Espirito Santo’s reign as Wolverhampton Wanderers manager.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had decided to go in with his second choice team for the clash against Wolves. Several players had an opportunity to leave a mark in the final league game of the season. The Norwegian’s decision was in light of the Europa League final on Wednesday and Manchester United having already locked their position at second place on the league table.

Daniel James returned from injury and made an instant impact on Sunday. The Welshman found himself in pockets of spaces and linked up brilliantly with Alex Telles on the left. He also delivered a sumptuous ball into the box, that was headed home by Anthony Elanga. The 19-year-old is one of the highly-rated youngsters from the youth academy and is expected to get regular chances in the first team next season.

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Donny van de Beek was signed from Ajax Amsterdam in the summer window last year and arrived with a lot of high expectations. However, the Dutchman has failed to win the trust of his manager and has just received 511 minutes of action in the Premier League. There is a possibility of him leaving the club in the summer, due to the lack of game time.

Going by his performance on Sunday, Solskjaer will certainly consider the former Ajax man in his plans next season. He was brilliant in both attack and defence and won his side a crucial penalty in the dying stages of the first half.

The 24-year old controlled the midfield and broke up the Wolves’ attack quite often. He linked up well with Juan Mata, and always looked to play the ball further up the pitch. Van de Beek’s performance was a statement to the manager that he deserves more minutes next season.

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Manchester United finished second in the league table this season, ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea. Last year, the Red Devils finished third with 66 points, and there are signs of improvement at the club. United have finished 12 points behind Manchester City, and require a major overhaul this summer transfer window to be considered as potential title contenders.

The defence needs working on over the summer and the club has to prioritise the signing of centre-back to partner Harry Maguire. The Red Devils also  Another concern for the United boss is their poor home performance record this season. They have lost all six of their league matches at Old Trafford, and have remained unbeaten away from home throughout the campaign.