KEY POINTS

  • Mason Greenwood started against Wolves as a right winger
  • He was subbed off in the second half
  • Wolves defeated Man Utd 1-0 at Old Trafford

Manchester United head coach Ralf Rangnick has explained why he subbed off Mason Greenwood in a 1-0 loss to Wolves in the Premier League on Monday. 

Greenwood, who started as the Red Devils' right winger against Wolves, was replaced by Bruno Fernandes at the 60th minute. 

Manchester United were handed a 1-0 loss, their first defeat in a league game to Wolves at Old Trafford since 1980.

"The question was shall I take off Mason or shall I take off Edi. We decided to keep Edi as the most offensive, the more 'striker' of the two of them and take off Mason. It was my call. We could have done it in another way but we chose Mason. We know how the fans like Mason but, until then his effort, and performance was not outstanding but at least he was one of the better players," Rangnick said in a post-match interview, Man Utd's official website reported. 

Backing his decision to bring on Fernandes, Rangnick said he believed the Portuguese midfielder had a "big chance" to put the home side 1-0 up. 

"It was 0-0 and we had our better moments in that part of the game, so we decided to bring on Bruno. He had a big chance to put us 1-0 ahead. Mason was good but I had to take somebody off and I didn't want to take one of the no.6s off [Scott McTominay or Nemanja Matic] so the question was should I take off Edi or Mason, and I decided to take off Mason," Rangnick told Sky Sports.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga were later on brought off the bench, with Jadon Sancho and Aaron Wan-Bissaka being replaced.

Meanwhile, Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw slammed his team, calling their performance "disappointing", especially since they were playing at home. 

"Really disappointing, we're at home, with 75,000 fans behind us. At the start of the game, we need to bring that intensity, we need to bring the aggression, we know, as players, if we do that, then the fans are with us, the fans are behind us, and we feel that energy. The fans were with us anyway, but I think if we bring more intensity, it helps us to make it easier. The first half, we were sloppy, maybe slow, we didn't get much control of the ball and we suffered," Shaw told Man Utd's website after the 1-0 loss.

Not such a big deal: Chevrolet have opted not to renew their Manchester United shirt deal and Mason Greenwood will be advertising TeamViewer when he celebrates goals next season Mason Greenwood is contracted with Manchester United until 2025 Photo: AFP / Paul ELLIS

The English defender went on to say that Manchester United "didn't create" many chances, before adding that they had a "bad night" Monday.

"Especially when they had the ball, maybe we weren't aggressive enough and maybe they felt more in control than possibly we did, and it looked like that. We didn't create too much, and I think it was a bad night," added Shaw.

With 31 points from 19 games, Manchester United are placed seventh in the 2021-22 Premier League table.