2018-19 FA Cup: Quarter Finals – Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester United

Wolverhampton Wanderers meet Manchester United at Molineux with a place in FA Cup Semi-Finals up for grabs. 

 

Team news

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Wolves have centre-back Ryan Bennett available because his two match suspension only applies to Premier League games. 

Other than Bennett, Nuno Espirito Santo has no fresh injury concerns with a full squad available for selection. 

Manchester United could hand several players including Romelu Lukaku (foot) late fitness tests. 

Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera could feature if pass their tests after recovering from hamstring strains, alongside Mason Greenwood who has missed majority of training through illness this week. 

Phil Jones is available after making a full recovery from illness whilst Matteo Darmian, Juan Mata (hamstring), Antonio Valencia (calf) and Aleix Sanchez (knee) are all sidelined. 

Ashley Young is suspended for this tie after collecting his second yellow card in the last round against Chelsea. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Wolves are unbeaten in four of eight FA Cup meetings with Manchester United (W2, D2, L4). 
  • Man Utd have scored three goals in each of the last two FA Cup fixtures between these sides.
  • Wolves have avoided defeat in just two of last ten meetings across all competitions (W1, D1, L8).
  • Victory would see Man U reach their second consecutive FA Cup Semi-Final for first time since 2003-05 seasons.  
  • Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku have only scored a combined two of United’s seven goals so far this season in FA Cup, compared to six of their eight at this stage last season. 

 

Prediction 

For Wolves, this sort of mirrors their third round victory over Liverpool because the Reds had entered that game off the back of their first domestic defeat of the season.

Now, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is entering this game off the back of his first domestic defeat as Man Utd’s manager so lightning could very well strike twice. 

Match wise, I am expecting an open game between two attacking sides whose defences are quite questionable at times. 

In the end, United’s injury crisis will cost them if Lukaku isn’t available and this goes into extra time. 

Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 AET Manchester United 

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