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Man United howl as Wolves pounce

Manchester United lost their unbeaten record yesterday as they suffered a stunning 1-2 defeat against bottom side Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux on what was a record-breaking day in the English Premier League when 41 goals were scored in the eight matches played.

sports Updated: Feb 07, 2011 01:13 IST

Manchester United lost their unbeaten record Saturday as they suffered a stunning 1-2 defeat against bottom side Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux on what was a record-breaking day in the English Premier League when 41 goals were scored in the eight matches played.

The result left United still four points clear of Arsenal, who squandered a 4-0 lead at half-time to draw 4-4 at Newcastle, while Carlos Tevez's hat-trick lifted Manchester City to within a point of the Gunners in third after a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. Tottenham Hotspur, close at Chelsea's heel in fifth place won their tie against Bolton 2-1 thanks to a late goal from Nico Kranjcar.

"We are disappointed," United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said. "It has been a long run for us."

Nani put United ahead after just three minutes, but Wolves equalised seven minutes later when George Elokobi headed his first goal in the top flight. Five minutes before half-time, Kevin Doyle put Wolves in front when he got the final touch to a Nenad Milijas free kick.

And to add injury to insult, United captain Rio Ferdinand is now set to be out of action after suffering a problem during the match. Wolves remain bottom but are now level on points with West Ham United and Birmingham City who play each other late on Sunday.