Wolves boss Bruno Lage hits out at Man Utd star Mason Greenwood for unsporting behaviour
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Wolves boss Bruno Lage is unhappy with Manchester United’s lack of sporting behaviour after they won all three points deep into the second half at Molineux. Mason Greenwood continued his purple patch by firing the ball low under Jose Sa to give United a crucial three points on the road in the Black Country.
Yet there was plenty of controversy to digest at full-time and Wolves were adamant Ruben Neves was fouled in the build-up to United’s winner.
The Portuguese midfielder hit the deck after Paul Pogba’s studs appear to catch his shin following a 50-50 challenge but Mike Dean and VAR were happy with the goal.
Wolves fans made their feelings clear at full-time, chanting “cheat” at Pogba before applauding him for handing a young fan his shirt.
But when quizzed on the incident, Lage was keen to point out goalscorer Greenwood’s refusal to put the ball out after being instructed to by Marcal and Joao Moutinho, as Neves lay on the turf.
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“I haven’t seen the tackle yet,” Lage said when talking to Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves.
“What I saw and what I was saying to the referee and the fourth [official], same situation 30 minutes into the first half, we have a good transition for us.
“Same place and [Nelson] Semedo put the ball out because Pogba told Semedo to put the ball out, the image is very clear.
“On 80 minutes, Marcal said to the guy who scored the goal to put the ball out and they shoot at goal.
“For me, it was more than that. Ruben was down and they scored the goal.
“I don’t want to talk about it. The most important thing is what we did one more time, 90 minutes against a strong opponent.”
Neves was adamant that he was fouled by Pogba, telling BBC Sport: “Everyone saw it, everyone saw my leg, we always do meetings and everything with referees about VAR, I don’t know why.
“They said before the season started they will look for contact – if the contact is strong enough, they will give the foul. I showed them my leg.
“I think maybe because last game it was a foul before the Southampton goal, maybe now they did the opposite.
“I showed my leg to the ref, I showed to the assistant ref, I cannot say anything more.
“After the game he said ‘you both go to the ball’ and I said ‘yes, we both go to win the ball but I was the one who touched the ball’. It’s a foul, a clear foul.”
It’s now three consecutive 1-0 defeats for Wolves under Lage while Manchester United have set a new Premier League record for their 28-game unbeaten streak on the road, as they increase their points tally to seven.
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