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Manchester United 2-1 VfL Wolfsburg | Match Report

Manchester united seal their first win in the UEFA Champions League group stage with an entertaining 2-1 victory over VfL Wolfsburg at Old Trafford.

The first half saw United dominate possession and create many chances; despite Draxler causing one or two problems and Wolfsburg being particularly dangerous on the break.

And it was VfL Wolfsburg who drew first blood.

In the 5th minute, some deft passing on the edge of the Manchester United box created space for Max Kruse to pick out Daniel Caliguiri with a through ball who shot past David de Gea with his right foot. A split second before Kruse’s killer pass, three of the United back line stepped forward in an attempt to catch Caliguiri offside. Only Valencia was not in tune and played the striker onside.

Manchester United reacted positively. They took control of the game and created several chances with Mata, Rooney and Memphis all having shots saved or blocked.

On 33 minutes United were rewarded for their persistence by winning a penalty after a hand ball by Wolfsburg goal scorer Daniel Caliguiri. It was Mata who stepped up and he made no mistake in drawing United level; converting into the bottom left, sending Benaglio the wrong way.

The second half was full of promise for United fans and they were not let down when on 52 minutes, a reverse back-heel flick on the edge of the area from Mata dropped conveniently in front of Smalling who slid in and knocked the ball past Benaglio to put United 2-1 ahead.

Although the game ended with Manchester United winning 2-1, Wolfsburg, immediately began to push forward and test Manchester United’s defence. But there was no way through as the United back line remained resolute right up until the final whistle, allowing Wolfsburg only a handful of chances.

Manchester United, VfL Wolfsburg, PSV and CSKA all now have three points and a zero goal difference after two games.

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Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
A Valencia (Young 45′)
Smalling
Blind
Darmian
Schneiderlin
Schweinsteiger (Jones 72′)
Mata
Rooney
Depay (Pereira 62′)
Martial

Substitutes

Jones
Young
Wilson
Romero
Fellaini
McNair
Pereira

VfL Wolfsburg Team Sheet

Benaglio
Träsch (Jung 77′)
Aparecido Rodrigues
Dante
Rodríguez
Guilavogui
Caligiuri
Arnold (Schurrle 70′)
Kruse
Draxler
Dost (Bendtner 70′)

Substitutes

Bendtner
Schäfer
Klose
Schürrle
Grün
Jung
Seguin