FA Cup: Wolverhampton vs Manchester United preview


Manchester United have a big hurdle to overcome on their way towards FA Cup glory, they visit Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux Stadium on Saturday in the quarter-finals. The two sides have met at Old Trafford in the Premier League this season and the Wolves managed to snatch a 1-1 draw as Joao Moutinho scored in the second half after Fred had put the Red Devils ahead before the break. Overall, Manchester United have won four of the last six direct meetings in all competitions, while Wolverhampton have won just one. That solitary win happened in 2011, when Wolves defeated Man United 2-1 in the Premier League.

Wolverhampton are looking to crown an already great season with a historic FA Cup run, they are on a six-match unbeaten run at home and they would surely like it to continue. Last week they grabbed yet another surprising result in the Premier League, 1-1 at Stamford Bridge in London against Chelsea, a draw which keeps them in seventh place in the league table. They have not tasted glory in the FA Cup since 1960 and the last League Cup final that they played was in 1980. They don't have any injury worries or suspensions ahead of this match, so manager Nuno Espirito Santo will surely field his best eleven.

Manchester United had a few ups and downs last week, they clinched a great 3-1 victory in Paris against PSG in the Champions League but then lost 2-0 at Arsenal in the Premier League at the weekend. That result dropped the Red Devils to fifth place in the Premier League table, but advancing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League is definitely a big success. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still has a lot of injured players to worry about, so he can't really rotate the squad. Matteo Darmian, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Antonio Valencia and Alexis Sanchez are still out of contention, Ander Herrera is a doubt while Phil Jones is lacking match fitness.

Probable line-ups:

Wolves: Ruddy - Bennett, Coady, Boly - Doherty, Dendoncker, Saiss, Neves, Vinagre - Jimenez, Jota

Man United: Romero - Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Lukaku - Dalot, Fred, Matic, Pogba, Rashford - Lukaku

My prediction: 1-1 draw, Wolves will be determined to fight for qualification and they will most likely earn a replay.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Wolves win - 3.10
Draw - 3.30
Man United win - 2.30

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  • Bulgaria sharpe

    20/3/19

    That game always looked to be a quite tough one for United every since the last 8 draw have taken place.

    United have been really unlucky with the draw in the FA cup as they had to meet in a consecutive rounds Arsenal, Chelsea and Wolves all away from home.

    So United have done the tough job for City and now they should just have to take their cup which shouldn't be much of a problem for them.

    United deservedly lost that game while City have been really lucky with their last 2 goals v Swansea and the fact they'd win two domestic cups when they barely had to play any PL teams in those - ridiculously good fortune on their side.

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