Scott McTominay was left wondering how Manchester United conspired to lose at Wolves on a “strange night” for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
United’s Premier League trip to Molineux on Tuesday night ended in a 2-1 defeat, just as their FA Cup quarter-final had 17 days before.
It was a third defeat in four matches for Solskjaer’s team and one that few could have foreseen when McTominay scored a superb opener during a bright start.
But United’s inability to take their chances came back to haunt them, with Diogo Jota levelling before Ashley Young’s second-half red card was followed by Chris Smalling turning into his own net.
Solskjaer’s side had twice as many shots as Wolves, with the manner of the loss leaving midfielder McTominay rather shell-shocked.
“It was a strange night,” the Scotland international said.
“I was sat with the boys in the changing room thinking: ‘How have we not won that game?’
“But goals change games and we were so unfortunate tonight. We played so well in the first half an hour and we didn’t quite react as well to their goal as we normally would do.
“For the first hour we were in good nick. We were looking forward, we had so many chances, and the game just changed so quick.”
The key moment in the game was Young’s sending-off, with the United captain the recipient of referee Mike Dean’s 100th Premier League red card.
“I thought we handled it quite well, but it’s never easy to go down to 10 men and they can switch the ball and keep it,” McTominay told MUTV.
“It was difficult to get pressure on the ball like we did in the first 25 minutes. I did think we started so well tonight and our intentions were clear.
“The way we set out to press them, and they were panicking in the first half whenever they got the ball. It’s a difficult one to take, but one we’ll reflect on and come back better (for) in the future.”