Pundit picks out two Man Utd men for criticism in Wolves loss

Joe Williams
Wolves Manchester United

Former Chelsea player Pat Nevin thinks David de Gea was at fault for Chris Smalling’s own goal in Manchester United’s 2-1 loss to Wolves and not the defender.

Smalling’s own goal condemned 10-man United to a 2-1 defeat – their third in four games – as they missed the chance to climb back into the Champions League spots.

Scott McTominay’s first United goal put the visitors ahead but Fred’s mistake allowed Diogo Jota to level in the first half and Ashley Young was sent off mid-way through the second half for two bookings in five minutes.

For the winning goal, Phil Jones failed to deal with a Wolves ball into the box for the winner before Smalling clattered into De Gea and the ball ended up in the net.

And Nevin thinks the Spanish goalkeeper should take the blame and not England international Smalling.

“A scrambled goal. The goalkeeper has to take everything,” Nevin said on BBC 5 Live.

“He has not had much to do.”

Nevin had some praise for Scott McTominay but was less convinced with Paul Pogba’s display against Nuno Espirito Santo’s outfit.

“Scott McTominay was far better than Paul Pogba on the day,” Nevin added.

“Wolves are a very good side, specifically a good passing side.

“If you give them space in midfield they will control games.”