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Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Raul Jimenez's Wolves beat Cristiano!

The Mexican Wolf beat CR7 in a split ball that has gone viral.

Raul Jimenez won a split ball from Cristiano and went viral
Raul Jimenez won a split ball from Cristiano and went viral

Surprise at Old Trafford! In the Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers duel, Raul Jimenez's Wolves beat Cristiano Ronaldo's Red Devils, in a duel of high tension. 

The final score ended 1-0 with a goal by Joao Moutinho, which ended the six-game unbeaten streak of Man U., managed by Ralph Rangnick. 

The last win for Cristiano Ronaldo's side was against Burnley on December 30 last year when the Old Trafford side closed out a 3-0 win over Burnley FC, who couldn't even get their hands on the ball. 

However, on this occasion, Manchester United took the field thinking that their game was solved, and because they were confident, they got an unpleasant surprise to start the year with. 

With this defeat, Rangnick's team remains in seventh place in the competition with 31 points, while Wolves remain in eighth place with 28 points.  

Something that for the club can be considered a success as they are in the top 10 of Premier League teams

How did Raul Jimenez play against Manchester United? 

In general, the Mexican was an active participant in the game plan that Bruno Lage designed for this match. 

First, he contributed to a shot by Daniel Podence, who connected with his left foot from the left side of the box, but the ball was blocked by David de Gea.

Then in the 27th minute, Jimenez himself received an assist from Nelson Semedo, and left-footed a shot from outside the box, but the ball was deflected up and to the left. 

Later in the 35th minute, Marçal tried a through ball but Raúl Jiménez was in an offside position.

A situation that was repeated in the 45+2nd minute, when João Moutinho attempted a through ball but the Mexican Wolve was in an offside position. A similar situation occurred in the 65th minute with a pass from Romain Saïss.

And in the 81st minute, the Mexican was replaced by Fábio Silva. However, the action that went viral of the Mexican striker was when he and CR7 fought for a divided ball

Raul Jimenez won a split ball from Cristiano and went viral

The Mexican Wolve was undoubtedly a factor in his team's victory. But his high point in the match was when he beat CR7 on a split ball

The photograph taken at that moment perfectly portrays the result of every confrontation between the two. 

This is the fifth time that Ronaldo and Jiménez have faced each other, with a positive balance for the Mexican, who has not lost when the Portuguese is on the field, as he has three wins and two draws, the first ones when they both played for Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid, respectively. 

The draws, on the other hand, were at a national team level, in the 2017 Confederations Cup, a match in which Portugal and Mexico split the points after a 2-2 draw.

Challenges ahead for Wolves and Devils

While they were dominant in the match, Wolverhampton Wanderers need more punch in their upcoming games. 

Their next match will be next Sunday, January 9, when they face Southampton

A match that could be underestimated as their opponent is in 14th place in the competition. But this must not happen if they want to stay in the top 10 teams in the league. 

On the other hand, Manchester United will have to face Aston Villa, a team over which they hold a wide advantage of 101 winning games, against the 50 games in which Aston Villa has been superior. 

But if the Red Devils learned anything today, it is that they cannot underestimate any opponent

Walter Gabriel Estrella Yah.

Journalist with more than 10 years of experience. Puma UNAM at heart. Fan of the most beautiful sport on the planet. I currently cover Liga MX, MLS, Premier League, Mexican National Team and USMNT. Always attentive to the latest world soccer news.+ info

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