Manchester United were architects of their own downfall in their defeat by Wolves, according to Darren Fletcher.
The former United midfielder now Stoke player was on punditry duty for the Premier League clash at Molineux on Tuesday night.
After United’s 2-1 defeat, Fletcher reflected that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could only blame themselves.
Darren Fletcher said his former side Manchester United threw the game away at Molineux
Chris Smalling scored an awkward own goal that typified United’ display in defeat
‘I think they started the second half in the ascendancy. But they’ve gifted the game to Wolves, the red card, and the first goal,’ he said on Sky Sports.
‘That’s all Wolves have done in the game but mistakes have been punished. In the FA Cup, Wolves were better but United were better here.’
Mike Dean sent Ashley Young off in the second half for his second bookable offence to leave United a man down and facing an uphill battle.
Fletcher thought the sending off was soft.
‘I’m a bit old school so yeah but that’s the way modern-day football is. He’s not helped by Scott McTominay on the second tackle,’ he added.
The referee Mike Dean sent off Ashley Young (left) as United orchestrated their own downfall
‘The letter of the law it’s a red but he hasn’t been helped out. When you’ve been drilled to stop the counter attack, he’ll be annoyed.
‘It’s easy to say to let him run past but to be sent off in the game for those only two fouls, it is disappointing.’
And Chris Smalling’s ugly own goal to give Wolves the win typified the evening’s work for Solskjaer’s men, said the 35-year-old Scot.
‘The goal summed up United’s night – messy. United can’t afford anymore errors in the race for top four.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are battling to finish the season in a Champions League place