Sheffield United: Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo reveals what impresses him about The Blades after draw at Molineux

Nuno Espirito Santo, the Wolverhampton Wanderers manager, paid tribute to Sheffield United following what he described as a “fair” draw at Molineux.

Sunday, 1st December 2019, 7:59 pm
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo during the Premier League match at Molineux, Wolverhampton. Bradley Collyer/PA Wire.

Speaking after Matt Doherty’s second-half finish cancelled-out Lys Mousset’s opener, the Portuguese admitted he was pleased by the commitment his players demonstrated against “very good” opponents.

“We didn’t start the game well, because we were playing against a Sheffield team that has a really high press and that makes it very difficult,” Nuno said. “That causes lots of problems, the press. But we stayed in the game and competed. We stayed in it right until the end and so did they. Both teams out there have everything.”

After competing in the Europa League on Thursday evening, Wolves appeared set for a difficult afternoon when Mousset scored his fifth goal in as many top-flight starts after two minutes. Chris Wilder, the United manager, lamented his side’s failure to stretch their lead soon after the interval when both David McGoldrick and Mousset both missed further chances. But, like his counterpart, the 52-year-old was encouraged by the commitment both teams displayed throughout the contest.

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“There were some terrific duels out there,” Wilder said. “Between some good players - and Wolves have got plenty of those - who didn’t want to go backwards.”

Nuno went a step further, insisting the attitude Wolves and United displayed has persuaded referee David Cootes not to dismiss George Baldock for a foul on Diogo Jota. Baldock had already been cautioned by the Nottinghamshire official.

“For me, it looked obvious,” Nuno said. “But it was a brave game, full of duels, between people who played hard but fair. I think that is why he (Cootes) decided it would finish eleven versus eleven.

“Both us us gave everything out there, and so I am very proud.”