The Norwegian said before the game that he wanted his team to play at a higher tempo than they did when they were knocked out by Wolves in the FA Cup a fortnight ago.
He got his wish as United came flying out of the traps, as Jesse Lingard shot on target after just 10 seconds and they didn’t let up from there, creating plenty of chances in the early stages and taking the lead on 12 minutes with a long-range Scott McTominay strike into the bottom corner.
But Wolves soon grew into the game and levelled through Diogo Jota, running onto the end of a cute through ball from his strike partner Raul Jimenez, and things went from bad to worse for the visitors when Young was rightly shown a second yellow for a mistimed challenge.
From there, Wolves went on to dominate and scored a scrappy winner as a ricochet off Chris Smalling trickled over the goal line.
“It’s one of those days where we’ve done more than enough to score three or four goals,” said Solskjaer, speaking to Sky Sports after the match. “Some great chances and some fantastic saves by the keeper [Rui Patricio]
“Wolves deserve credit, because they scored goals when they pounced upon our mistakes. I thought the lads played well today. We created chances, with ten men as well.
“They scored with their first chance after the sending off. That’s about 20, 25 minutes after the sending off. The boys have done exactly what they should do but we conceded goals after sloppy mistakes and we didn’t score ourselves.
“If I’m not mistaken, their goalkeeper made three or four really great saves so we’ve done enough to win this game, but then again you don’t always get what you deserve.”
Manchester United remain fifth in the table, whereas three points would have taken them above Arsenal and Tottenham and up to third.
This was their third defeat in the last four matches, two of which have come against Wolves now. They’ve also played one more game than their rivals for the top four.