JAVIER HERNANDEZ grabbed a last-gasp winner at a half-empty Old Trafford.
Just 46,083 fans turned up to see Manchester United squeeze into the last eight of the Carling Cup.
That is around 30,000 below capacity and will be cause for concern for the Glazer family, who last week agreed to make Wayne Rooney the highest-paid player in Premier League history.
Sub Hernandez struck after Wolves twice hit back through George Elokobi and Kevin Foley following goals by Bebe and Ji-Sung Park.
And even the empty seats could not stop Alex Ferguson smiling as he hailed Hernandez.
Boss Fergie said: “He was brilliant, it was a magnificent goal.
“We tend to build up heroes very quickly here – but the boy is justifying the praise he’s getting at the moment.
“The kid is such a great professional and he’s first in and last out of training.
“When he came on you just knew if he got a chance he would take it.
“He dummied the defender really well, shaped to shoot and it was a great finish.”
The Glazers agreed last Friday to pay Rooney £250,000 a week and also pledged to make funds available for big signings to match their star striker’s ambitions.
The Americans could have done with some money coming through the turnstiles but the stayaway fans will have set alarm bells ringing.
It was United’s second-lowest gate of the modern era – some 3,000 fewer turned up to watch Barnet in the same competition five years ago.
Yet Fergie felt those who turned up were rewarded with a decent clash.
He said: “It was an open game – I thought Wolves played their part. It was a really good cup tie.”
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy hailed winger Matt Jarvis, who was a thorn in the side of the holders’ defence.
He said: “There are not too many better wingers around at the moment than Matt.
“The fans are not far wrong when they call for him to get an England call-up.”
The draw for the fifth round of the Carling Cup will be made on Saturday at 12.35pm.