Wolverhampton Wanderers made a flying start with two goals in the first six minutes from Raul Jimenez and Romain Saiss to secure a 2-0 win in the Premier League on Monday at Sheffield United.
The 2019-20 season of Wolves only ended on Aug. 11 after a daunting campaign that took 59 games in all competitions but showed no signs of weariness as they took the lead in the sunshine at Bramall Lane within three minutes.
The goal came from a familiar source — Jimenez, the club’s top scorer last season — and they scored again 205 seconds later as Saiss headed in a corner to shock the hosts.
It meant that on the opening day of the season, Wolves became the first Premier League side to score two goals within six minutes.
United stepped it up a notch after the interval and almost got back in the game through John Fleck, but the strong strike from Scotland international came back from the post.
Wolves should have extended their lead in the 71st minute after home goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale tipped Saiss’ shot beautifully onto the post but Jimenez stabbed the ball just wide with the empty net at his mercy.
The hosts kept coming, but while creating plenty of opportunities, the side of Chris Wilder could only pick up two shots on goal in the match as their second season back in the top flight started disappointingly.
“We started quickly and aggressively,” said Nuno Espirito Santo, the manager of Wolves, who has just signed a new three-year contract.
“In those moments we went for the game and that made all the difference. It was a fast turnaround [between seasons] but the players were fantastic in their way of working. Wilder was not particularly disheartened with the overall success of his side. Recovering a start from just as bad as I can remember here was always going to be a tough issue,” Wilder said.
“We gave it a fair go, got into the right places, and you have to find that little bit when you do. I think we just missed something.”