Top 5: Nuno Espirito Santo moments in charge of Wolves
Nuno performs his trademark celebration in front of Wolves' travelling fans after a 3-2 win over Southampton in January 2020. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo will leave Molineux following Sunday's visit of Manchester United, the club have announced.

The 47-year-old took over the club in May 2017 and immediately returned Wanderers to the Premier League for the first time in six years as they won the Championship with an impressive 99 points. 

Success continued in Nuno's second season as Wolves qualified for Europe for the first time since 1980 and were just seconds from reaching a first FA Cup final in 59 years, while 2019-20 saw Wanderers reach the Europa League quarter-finals and achieve a second consecutive seventh place finish. 

With so many great moments over Nuno's four years in charge, what better time to take a look back at five of the best during the Portuguese's reign?

  • 5. Wolves 1-0 Fulham, 4 May 2019

While the game itself wasn't the most thrilling or impressive victory of Nuno's tenure, three points in the penultimate game of the 2018-19 season ensured something that would have been deemed unthinkable when the Portuguese arrived just two years earlier. 

Leander Dendoncker's volley in the 75th minute gave Wolves a 1-0 win over relegated Fulham that cemented a seventh place finish in their first season back in the top-flight. 

Manchester City's 6-0 FA Cup final win over Watford a fortnight later also ensured that Wolves would play European football in 2019-20 for the first time in 39 years, starting with a Europa League second qualifying round tie against Northern Irish side Crusaders.

Having taken over and revitalised a side who sat 15th in the Championship just two years previously, the win over Fulham confirmed an amazing job well done by Nuno and his staff. 

  • 4. Manchester City 0-2 Wolves, 6 October 2019

Just three days after a last-gasp win at Besiktas in Europe, many expected Wolves to roll over as they headed to face the Premier League champions. Instead, they executed the perfect game plan that summed up what Nuno's Wolves were all about. 

Having contained Manchester City's star-studded cast for 68 minutes at the Etihad Stadium, Nuno brought Matt Doherty on for Patrick Cutrone and moved Adama Traore from right wing-back to striker.

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The switch won Wolves the game. Two lightning-fast, almost identical counter attacks on 80 and 94 minutes saw Traore score his first goals in over a year to earn one of Nuno's most impressive victories in charge of Wanderers. 

This win was Nuno's Wolves in a nutshell: solid, deadly, fast and not scared of any team, place or player. 

  • 3. Wolves 1-0 Olympiakos, 6 August 2020

After a five month break for the COVID-19 pandemic, Nuno and Wolves finally got to play the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie against Olympiakos

Following a 1-1 draw in Athens in March, Wolves knew that a clean sheet would see them through to a European quarter-final for the first time since 1972. After Daniel Podence was fouled in the box against his former club, Raul Jimenez tucked home an eighth minute penalty to give Wolves an aggregate lead.

They rode their luck after that and needed a combination of VAR and some fine Rui Patricio saves, but the 1-0 win was just enough for Wolves to prevail over the Greek champions. 

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The post-match huddle on the pitch that involved Nuno, all his staff and every single player became a defining image of the Portuguese's time at Molineux. The togetherness, success and popularity of Wolves' side and manager was unlike anything seen in four decades, while the win again confirmed that Wanderers had reached new heights for the third straight year under Nuno. 

  • 2. Wolves 2-1 Manchester United, 16 March 2019

Nuno's finest moment on the Molineux sidelines saw his team thoroughly outplay this Sunday's opponents to reach a first FA Cup semi final in 21 years. 

Goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota gave Wolves a brilliant and deserved win over United, despite Marcus Rashford's consolation in the last minute of stoppage time. 

The atmosphere around Molineux will forever be unforgettable for anyone who witnessed it, with Wolves fans serenading their team from the first minute to the last in one of the finest performances the stadium has seen in recent years. 

For many this was Wolves' finest performance under Nuno, as the Portuguese gave many fans the chance to see their side at Wembley for the first time in their lives.

  • 1. Cardiff 0-1 Wolves, 6 April 2018

There's only one game that can be considered Nuno's greatest moment as Wolves manager, and one which will probably provide the defining images of his tenure at Molineux.

This was a first versus second game that had all the drama you could ever want, and then some. Ruben Neves' 67th minute free-kick had given Wolves the lead as they looked to gain three points that would make promotion a near certainty, but in stoppage time they looked to have thrown it away not once, but twice.

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Firstly, Conor Coady's shove on Anthony Pilkington gave Gary Madine the chance to level from the spot, but his effort was brilliantly saved by John Ruddy. Then, as the ball bounced around the Wolves area from the resulting corner, Ivan Cavaleiro slipped into Aron Gunnarsson and Cardiff had another opportunity from 12 yards, but Junior Hoilett hit the bar and the final whistle blew. 

After angering Neil Warnock by running on the pitch to mob his players, Nuno celebrated in front of an away end who quite simply couldn't believe what they had seen and cemented his status as a Wolverhampton Wanderers icon. 

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