Wolves are currently experiencing a pretty tough time of it in the Premier League.
Fortunately, Nuno Santo can begin to solve his problems with the January transfer window right around the corner.
This has been an incredibly topsy-turvy period for Wolves, a side who can’t seem to string two positive results together.
They have beaten Chelsea and drawn with Spurs but they have also suffered defeats to Burnley, Aston Villa and now Manchester United.
Defensively, they were superb against the Red Devils and managed to hold them until the 93rd minute when they finally conceded.
Despite the loss, there were plenty of positives. Ki-Jana Hoever started his first Premier League match and so did Porto loanee Vitinha. The midfielder didn’t look out of place on his way to winning 100% of the duels he contested.
The 20-year-old only played 55 minutes but he barely put a foot wrong, completing 76% of his passes and also completing 100% of his dribbles in the middle of the park. It gave Wolves a more dynamic option in central areas, one that was needed alongside the robust figures of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho.
Vitinha’s performance was steady and at full-time, Birmingham Live correspondent Alex Dicken claimed he “performed superbly.” It wasn’t a long cameo but it should have done enough to convince Nuno to play him more often.
Wolves have been changing their formation on a regular basis recently and have been tinkering considerably. Owen Otasowie played against Burnley and this time it was the turn of Vitinha.
Both players have given Nuno a big headache with their performances. Neves has returned to form but with such a hectic period, it would be unkind to ask the 34-year-old Moutinho to play every game.
Therefore, Vitinha has staked his claim perfectly. After such a good performance at Old Trafford, it would be incredibly harsh to drop him but Wolves also have the likes of Daniel Podence and Fabio Silva to bring back into the equation.
If anything, their showing against United proved the depth Nuno has at his disposal. Yet, he will now be scratching his head.
The manager has a plethora of players he can use in the middle but not enough holes to fill. Vitinha has done as much as he can to become a genuine contender to fill the midfield so it will be interesting to see whether he starts against Brighton.
He certainly deserves another run out.