5 talking points as Man Utd spoil Nuno’s Wolves’ leaving party

Manchester United finished their Premier League season with a win to spoil Nuno Espirito Santo's Molineux leaving party.

The Wolves boss leaves the club after four seasons having taken his side from the Championship to the Premier League and knockout stages of the Europa League.

But his final game ended in defeat thanks to goals from Anthony Elanga and a dubious Juan Mata penalty.

Elanga headed in the game's opener before full-back Nelson Semedo levelled the scoreline shortly before half-time. But there was one more goal to come before the interval.

Upon feeling contact from Romain Saiss, Donny van de Beek went to ground and United won a penalty. Mata stepped up and made no mistake to hand United the victory.

Mirror Sport looks at five talking points.

Europa League line up hint

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named wholesale changes for the clash against Wolves, brining in the likes of Anthony Elanga, Amad, Juan Mata, Daniel James and Donny van de Beek.

The fact the likes of Edinson Cavani, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba were all rested points to what United's starting XI for the Europa League final will look like.

It paid off for Solskjaer, though. Elanga and Mata found the back of the net as his back up players proved they can get the job done.

VAR and Van de Beek

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It's been a tough season for Van de Beek and he didn't receive a lot of love from Wolves fans on Sunday.

Having felt contact from Saiss, the Dutchman went to ground around a second or two later.

Mike Dean saw a slowed-down version of events and awarded the visitors a penalty. It's everything that's wrong with VAR given Dean's first instincts were correct.

It may, however, give Van de Beek some confidence. Contributing to a tough United win might just be the catalyst he needs.

Daniel James must play on the left

Daniel James has struggled for game time this season and has been a bit hit and miss when he has played.

Often deployed on the right, James has been made to rely on his pace to create chances rather than cut in. The same can't be said when he plays on the left, his role for Wales.

On the run James can't be matched and that makes it so hard for a defender who doesn't know if he will cut in or not.

Today, James didn't cut in and put in a sumptuous ball from the left for Elanga to head home. His fluffed finish probably a clear indication as to why he shouldn't play as a false nine.

Raul's return

Raul Jimenez hasn't featured for Wolves since fracturing his skull in the game against Arsenal back in November.

There were fears over whether he would return to football at all so it was brilliant to see the Mexican step back onto the Molineux turf in front of the fans ahead of Wolves' last Premier League game of the season.

The 30-year-old, who will return to action but with the proviso of wearing a mask next season, warmed up with his team-mates and could be seeing kicking a ball or two.

Great to see.

A noisy Molineux

Rio Ferdinand quipped in BT Sport's pre-match coverage that he was struggling to do his job thanks to the 10,000 fans behind him.

After months of working in silence it seemed the sudden introduction of supporters had thrown him off.

And the 10,000 large didn't disappoint during the game, either. Nelson Semedo's goal was greeted with an almighty roar while Dean's VAR decision was met with wild derision.

Needless to say, it was good to see fans back.

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