Molineux was rocking for Nuno Santo’s very final game in charge of Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday but the players on the pitch were unable to send their manager away in style.
It was a tough ask for this Old Gold side as they faced a Manchester United team who had competed so admirably for the Premier League title this year.
Having supporters back in the stadium certainly helped their cause and spurred them on, however.
Nelson Semedo was rampant down the right-hand side and even popped up with a rare goal but Wolves ultimately fell short as they were made to rue Mike Dean and the dreaded VAR.
The Midlands outfit weren’t clinical enough in attack but they let themselves down defensively as they have done for large parts of the campaign.
Donny van de Beek enjoyed some bright touches in the middle of the park and it was the Dutchman that was brought down for a penalty the ultimately won United the game.
Romain Saiss clumsily dangled a leg out with a rash piece of play that cost Wolves the match and let Nuno down on his final match at Molineux.
That said, he wasn’t their worst culprit during the 2-1 defeat.
That honour, unfortunately, had to go to Leander Dendoncker. Fresh from being picked for the Belgium squad at the upcoming European Championships, he hardly sent a positive message to Roberto Martinez.
Picked in the middle of the park over the more attacking Vitinha and Morgan Gibbs-White, it was a decision that ultimately didn’t pay off.
Dendoncker completed 93% of his passes but in terms of his physical game, he was way off it.
The £75k-per-week earner was anonymous as he somehow failed to involve himself in a single defensive duel.
That meant the Belgian didn’t win a tackle or complete an interception. The midfielder’s stats sheet from the game was full of zeroes with him making no key passes and not registering a single dribble.
This wasn’t the first time he’s let his manager down this season, though. He was skinned by Adama Traore when Wolves played Leeds back in March.
It feels that when the Old Gold play against teams on the counter-attack, Dendoncker seems to struggle with the pace and energy.
Nuno’s spirits won’t be too dampened by this performance but he can’t have been too impressed.