Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Max Kilman has revealed the message that manager Bruno Lage hammered home to the players after their historic win over Manchester United.
Wolves defeated the Red Devils on Monday evening thanks to a late strike from Joao Moutinho, giving the club their first win at Old Trafford since 1980 when they beat Dave Sexton’s side by the same scoreline.
Kilman says it was a “fully deserved” win after Wolves “dominated” the hosts, while divulging what Lage told the squad before kick-off that inspired them to victory.
“It was a fantastic way to start the year and it was fully deserved,” the centre-back told Wolves’ in-house media. “We dominated the game from the start and credit to all the lads for putting in that fantastic performance.
“Of course, it’s nice to go into the history books. The manager told us at the start of the game to come here and not be afraid, be brave on the ball, and take good risks.
“We did that, and it came off. Thankfully we got a good goal at the end and a deserved win.”
The 24-year-old winner of the Fans’ Footballer of the Year has made huge strides this season as a regular starter under the new boss, who he revealed told the players they can still get even better between now and the end of the season.
“It’s great. I’m always proud of myself and I’ve done well, but it doesn’t stop here. I need to keep going. There’s a lot for me to improve at and get better at, so I need to keep doing it,” he said.
“Even for the more senior players, everyone can improve, and that’s what the manager’s message is – to not stop, because we know we have more in us to get better, for ourselves and for the team.”