Wolves 0 Man Utd 5

It must have been within seconds of the fifth goal flying in when that unfathomable thought entered my mind.

The brilliant South Bank in full song, the players in brief remission and some glorious gallows humour to numb the last remaining dol of pain left.

‘I am having my season ticket again,’ I declared.

The cathartic change in emotion as we capitulated to our third consecutive Sky Sports thrashing is what our CEO might describe as the ‘Wolves DNA’ kicking in.

It is only ironic that Jez Moxey’s definition of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ gene pool is the very antithesis of every indefatigable Wolves fan stood singing in the Jack Harris.

The gap between you and a crap team is this big, let alone me and my mates

Like the subsiding levels of bile in those South Bankers’ tummies, there are similarly few bland platitudes left to do justice to this entire debacle anymore.

There is barely any ink left in Tim Nash’s biro for a start, let alone pages in his shorthand book.

In this unprecedented season of sin, the notion of aspiration was replaced with pragmatism months ago.

We can barely stomach any resistance to our tragically preventable decline to the depths of despair, so we are left with our chromosomes, a good old sense of humour and eachother.

The days of berating our chief executive’s salary defying amateurism, our owner’s twisted rationale and our manager’s weak submission can wait for another day.

Until that day, we will continue to shuffle into Molineux in much the same manner we did back in November with the ever sobering thought that our team is a lost cause.

We will watch Stephen Ward make the same mistakes that Steve Coppell gleefully exploited with Jimmy Kebe four years ago, witness incompetent defending from set pieces and groan at a flagrant disregard of the very notion of ‘possession’ in between.

When quicker, more athletic players like Danny Wellbeck sidefoots home a third goal before half time, we will shrug our shoulders in much the same way as our error-prone goalkeeper did at the time.

And when Ronald Zubar assumes clown like proportions befitting of our comedy club to get sent off, we won’t even bother arguing that it would have made a difference.

Any in-depth analysis of a passage of play – let alone the game itself – is as pointless as a ‘Scouse Mafia’ banner in the grand scheme of things.

Wolves have become a laughable rudderless ship, complete with the leadership skills of Francesco Schettino.

But when our battered wreck is pulled from the depths of the Premier League in time for more familiar voyages back to N-Power, one look at those weathered, wonderful souls in the South Bank will be enough to satisfy a numpty’s DNA like mine.

Wolves Vs Manchester United Preview

How many?

That’s the only question that will occupy most people’s minds when they gander down the fixture list at Sunday’s early kick-off.

You can’t blame them either.

The team riding high at the summit of the Premier League against the side dangling gravely over the precipice.

Oh, what a night

A foregone conclusion if ever there was one.

And if a glance at the table isn’t damning enough, recent form is another kick to the privates for even the most optimistic South Bank fanatic.

United have won 7 of their last 10 games. Wolves have won 1, against a QPR team playing with a man less.

Sir Alex’s side have also plundered a staggering 10 away wins already this season from their 14 games. They’ve only lost once.

But enough of that.

There must be something Wolves can cling to?

How about the fact we’ve beaten them twice in their last three Premier  League visits to Molineux?

How about the logic that they played in Europe last night and will likely rest their better players?

How about grasping at the mother of all straws and saying ‘they’re due a bad result in the league’?

Anything take your fancy?

The Team

I think TC has to change the team from last week to give everyone a lift. It just wasn’t good enough from start to finish. Even before Blackburn moved into the lead, it was plain to see the game was slipping away from us.

This is the team I’d send out:

Hennessey, Zubar, Johnson, Bassong, Ward, Davis, Milijas, O'Hara, Jarvis, Edwards, Fletcher

I’d wager not many other people would pick Roger Johnson, but I think we lacked leadership against Blackburn, so I’d give him a chance to redeem himself. He owes us a big performance.

Milijas should also come into the side to give us a bit more craft. Too often Bassong had the ball in defence with nobody but O’Hara offering up. Milijas gives us another option in this respect and allows O’Hara to get further up the pitch.

I’d play Edwards on the right for his industry as I think Doyle was totally ineffective in the position last weekend.

Prediction League

Plenty of you predicted defeat against Blackburn (13) but only 1 person got the scoreline correct.

So it’s well done to These are the days for scooping the maximum 3 points. The other 12 take a single.

I’m expecting Wolves to come out of the blocks quick in this one, but ultimately I don’t think we have enough quality, fight or spirit to get a result over 90 minutes.

4-1 United.

If you’re at Molineux on Sunday, get right behind the lads and lets try and recapture the magic of the last time United were in town.

Up The Wolves.

Man Utd 4 Wolves 1

One of the biggest criticisms of Mick McCarthy and his team in recent weeks has been ‘not having a go’ at the opposition.

Well today, whatever else you might accuse them of, Wolves most certainly had a go.

The team selection was bold; sticking with two forwards and effectively going blow for blow with the reigning champions.

Not close enough

Looking back on it now of course, that approach seems foolish given that we were completely blown away inside the first half an hour.

The gaping holes that appeared between midfield and defence during that time were suicidal, giving Wayne Rooney freedom to roam throughout.

The England striker eventually made us pay too with a rasping drive to double the lead, after Nani’s carbon-copy opener.

I felt the central midfield duo were highly culpable for this first half struggle. Henry was caught in possession a number of times and looked off the pace. O’Hara just seemed to go missing in the defensive third.

In the coverage I was watching, Gary Breen and Matt Holland both offered some excellent insights. One of the points they repeated numerous times was that O’Hara isn’t mobile enough to play as part of a two man central midfield. You’re hard pressed to disagree, particularly away from home against one of the top sides.

Both Nani and Rooney were able to get their shots away far too easily, shown inside and allowed to pull the trigger. Great finishes but still very disappointing.

The second half was better and Wolves deserve credit for getting back into it, even if it only lasted for 10 minutes.

It was nice build up play too with a handful of neat passes leading up to a wonderful Jarvis cross and a trademark Fletcher header.

That good work was wiped out with Nani and Rooney grabbing another goal apiece to leave us wondering how many more it would be.

Thankfully, Wolves managed to get a foot on the ball for the last half an hour and enjoy more of the possession. United still should have had a couple more goals, but Wolves were unquestionably worth at least another one themselves; something Sir Alex himself pointed out in his post-match interview.

The biggest positive today was without doubt the performance of Matt Jarvis. He twisted, turned and terrorised Chris Smalling all afternoon, putting over a handful of excellent crosses to match his incisive running.

Mick McCarthy said prior to this match that he’d accepted Jarvis needs to play down the left and I think that’s crucial because he’s considerably more effective when he’s in that comfort zone, facing the play with the ball on his right foot.

Ward and Zubar were both pluses for me too. Yes, they struggled against the pace and trickery of Nani, Valencia and co, but they stuck to their tasks and got forward effectively when they could, particularly Ward whose interchange with Jarvis down the left is our most potent attacking weapon.

There wasn’t much to separate the performances of the two forwards, but the crucial difference is that Fletcher is the only one who looks a threat in front of goal. Doyle again didn’t get on the end of anything in the box, which is disappointing even against such lofty opposition.

Milijas was neat and tidy but again a lack of mobility in a 442 is a huge issue with the Serb. It seems increasingly likely that Mick will be in the market for an energetic midfielder come January. Edwards can of course occupy this role but quality in the ball remains a problem for him.

Overall, we can only accept that we were overwhelmed by a better side with better players. There were mistakes but 3 of the 4 goals were excellent finishes, however the chances came about.

Stoke will represent an altogether different obstacle next week, which should be one this Wolves side are more capable of overcoming.

If they have a go like they did today, they shouldn’t go too far wrong.