Wolverhampton Wanderers pulled a step closer to confirming the Championship title on Friday night with a 1-0 win away at rivals Cardiff.
Incredibly, the Bluebirds had two stoppage-time penalties but could not take advantage, missing both to hand Nuno Espirito Santo’s side a massive boost in the battle for title success.
In the aftermath of the game Neil Warnock was distinctly unhappy with the way that his counterpart celebrated and when the Portuguese manager attempted to apologise, the Sheffield native flung some choice expletives at him.
But that was not to overshadow the display of one Wolves player, Ruben Neves, who has taken the Championship by storm since his arrival from FC Porto last summer.
The 21-year-old scored a superb 67th-minute free-kick from outside the left of the box, to put his side five points from a return to the Premier League.
It was the mainstay’s fifth goal for the Molineux outfit in 36 outings with one assist to boot.
But it is his ability to break up the play as he acts as a linchpin between defence and attack that has really caught the eye this season.
It’s no surprise that his form has captured the attention of Manchester United but judging by the reactions of the Wolves faithful to their player post-match, they want him to stay.
Here is a selection of Wolves fans reactions to their player after the game:
Tim,my first Wolves game was a 0-0 draw against Man Utd in August 1969, nearly 50 years ago. I have seen many of our greatest players but Ruben Neves is the most talented player I have ever seen in the old gold and black shirt. An amazing player. #wwfc
— Phil Hough (@Phil_Hough) April 7, 2018
None of us have,will we get to see him in a wolves shirt in the premier though is the big question?Looks nailed on for the World Cup now,impresses it could be hard for us to keep him.Just hope we see at least one more season of him at wolves ????
— Sean Sweeney (@Sweeneybull1) April 7, 2018
— Trevor Worth (@trevorworth) April 7, 2018
And he’s still only 21. When I was that age I couldn’t get out of bed for my 10am lecture and sat around playing GTA all day drinking tea
— Matthew Phelan (@Hqphelan) April 7, 2018
I’ve supported wolves over 40 years and he’s the best player I’ve ever seen in a wolves shirt #pureclass
— Craig Rock (@reliantrocky) April 7, 2018
Neves wouldn't look out of place hung up in a museum.
— ????DannyCorf???? (@DannyCorfield) April 7, 2018
Need to enjoy every minute while he's here, true talent
— Neil Humphreys (@YTE_Wolf) April 7, 2018
Reiminds me of Pirlo???????? immense talent, skill, technique, quality on the ball but wouldn’t get in a Warnock side cus he’s a big time charlie????????????
— Mitch Oakes (@MitchOakes3) April 7, 2018