After being dropped due to a disciplinary issue, Marcus Rashford came off the bench to score the winner as Manchester United beat Wolves 1-0 at Molineux.
Erik ten Hag’s stance was clear and his side, without necessarily controlling the game, certainly had the better chances of an entertaining first half.
The hosts’ best opening came as they turned the ball over in the attacking third, only for Aaron Wan-Bissaka to make a crucial block to deny João Moutinho what appeared a certain goal.
With momentum swinging against them, United spurned a huge chance to snatch the lead in first-half stoppage time.
Chances were at a premium in the second half, with De Gea finally called into serious action to deny Rúben Neves’ long-range free-kick.
Their total of 10 PL goals is the lowest in the division, so it came as little surprise that a late comeback never materialised, although De Gea was forced into a smart stop to deny Raúl Jiménez in stoppage time.
Lopetegui has a stern job on his hands to turn around his side’s fortunes at Molineux, as they’ve now lost four consecutive home games and missed out on the chance to escape the relegation zone.