A 1-0 win with a clean sheet is not a bad start, but leaving it at that would ignore the immense pressure The Red Devils were under for much of the game.
Indeed, the Wolves created 23 shooting opportunities, and as The Peoples Person previously highlighted, it was up to newcomer Andre Onana to save them.
However, much of Wolves’ most dangerous attacks came down the middle, with Matheus Nunes and Matheus Cunha’s marauding runs through the middle of the pitch, or from Pedro Neto’s talent on their right flank.
On United’s right side, Aaron Wan-Bissaka kept things tight with his customary brilliance in one-on-one battles.
The former Crystal Palace man was effective in two clearances, two shots blocked, two interceptions, and two tackles.
Many consider him to be Europe’s toughest defender to get past, and he provided a welcome relief to the Wolves setup when their onslaught came down his flank.
However, his attacking abilities and effort in possession have frequently come under scrutiny in the past. The Spider is improving at an astonishing rate in that area.
With the exception of Marcus Rashford, Wan-Bissaka completed three dribbles, making him United’s primary ball carrier from deep throughout the game. Few would have guessed that before the game.
His 91% passing accuracy was higher than any other player on the pitch who played more than one half, which is especially impressive given the aggressive midfield The Old Gold have adopted in the short time since Gary O’Neil’s hiring earlier this week.
It was also heartening to see him use his imagination to create three chances, one of which was a wonderful chipped cross that set up Raphael Varane’s eventual winner.
That cross, in particular, is not in Diogo Dalot’s arsenal, and while the Portuguese fullback possesses some traits Wan-Bissaka lacks, the Englishman will almost certainly preserve his starting spot in the first few games of the season.