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Manchester United defeated Wolves 2-1 to complete an unbeaten Premier League away season.

Manchester United beat Wolves on the final day of the Premier League season to go an entire season without losing an away match.

Manchester United won 2-1 at Molineux on the final day of the Premier League season, ending the season without losing an away match.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rested the majority of his important players against a Wolves side playing under Nuno Espirito Santo for the final time, with one eye on next week's Europa League final and second place in the table secured.

Anthony Elanga scored the first goal in his second Premier League appearance, but Nelson Semedo equalized for the home side, much to the joy of the reduced-capacity crowd.

Juan Mata restored United's lead from the penalty spot deep into first-half injury time, possibly in his final league game for the club.

It was enough for the Red Devils, who also gave late substitutes Hannibal Mejbri and Will Fish their first-team debuts.

With two early chances, Elanga's control and shooting let him down, but he made no mistake with his third, planting a firm header past Rui Patricio from a superb left-foot cross from Daniel James.

Wolves equalized six minutes before halftime after manipulating United's left flank after losing the lively Adama Traore to an apparent hamstring issue. Leander Dendoncker was able to play in Fabio Silva, who cut the ball back for Semedo to sweep into the bottom-left corner after Nemanja Matic's slip.

Brandon Williams had a chance to regain United's advantage, but Patricio saved the full-effort back's at the near post.

Before the break, however, the visitors scored their second goal, Mata sending Patricio the wrong way from the penalty spot after a VAR search revealed Romain Saiss had caught Donny van de Beek's ankle.

Wolves had the majority of possession in the second half but failed to create chances on Dean Henderson's target, with Silva being denied a decent chance after Eric Bailly's mistake by the shielding Axel Tuanzebe.

Late in the game, Elanga and Amad Diallo threatened on the break, but Patricio came to the rescue to hold the score at one.

What does this imply? United went undefeated on the road in 2020-21.

After Preston North End (1888-89), Arsenal (2001-02), and Arsenal (again) in the English top flight, United is the fourth team to go an entire season without losing an away match (2003-04).

They finish second, their highest finish since 2017-18, despite a 12-point deficit to champions Manchester City, indicating the need to strengthen before next season. Wolves finish the season in 13th place, with 45 points.

Elanga is United's 19th teenager to score in the Premier League, second only to Arsenal (20).

The 19-year-old might not start against Villarreal, but he has made considerable progress into Solskjaer's first-team picture in recent weeks and may be a reliable choice in 2021-22.

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