Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Manchester United: Superb hosts reach first FA Cup semi-final in 21 years


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‘Wembley beckons’ – Jota doubles Wolves lead

Wolverhampton Wanderers produced a extraordinary second-half of performance to overpower Manchester United and reach their first FA Cup semi-final for 21 years on an atmospheric night at Molineux.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s aspect, in their first quarter-final since 2003, fully deserved their victory as United produced their worst performance under the meantime management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United goalkeeper Sergio Romero, in for David de Gea, had saved United stage with good saves from Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez either aspect of the interval, sooner than the Mexican striker swivelled in the rental to at closing give Wolves the reward their domination merited with 20 minutes final.

Wolves were rampant and it was no shock when the harmful Jota doubled their lead six minutes later, shrugging off United’s Luke Shaw on the fracture sooner than capturing low previous the exposed Romero.

United defender Victor Lindelof was shown a red card by referee Martin Atkinson for a touchline predicament on Jota, but it was downgraded it to yellow after a VAR analysis and, even supposing Marcus Rashford pulled one relief in stoppage time, Wolves were noteworthy winners.

Wolves a rising threat

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‘That’s been coming’ – Jimenez places Wolves forward

The celebrations on and off the pitch at Molineux when the final whistle sounded demonstrated what this grab manner to Wolves.

Their resurgence under Nuno was exemplified by how they were just too noteworthy, too packed with life and too inventive for United as Solskjaer suffered his second successive defeat.

Wolves contain valid quality working by contrivance of the aspect with the class and trip of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho in midfield augmented by the motion, tempo and threat of Jota and Jimenez.

They’ve the backbone of captain Conor Coady and Willy Boly – and the base line was they were simply better than United in all areas of the pitch.

Now they head to Wembley and, invent no mistake, they contain got the quality and self assurance to threaten any team left in the FA Cup.

Manchester United earn what they deserve

Solskjaer and United contain deservedly been showered in praise for his or her dramatic rejuvenation since Jose Mourinho was sacked in December, the highlight of which was the handsome Champions League turnaround in opposition to Paris St-Germain in France earlier this month.

This, even though, was a performance that rolled relief the months to the Mourinho period and was arguably worse than one of the most shows modified into in under the Portuguese.

Paul Pogba was restored as captain as every other Mourinho switch was wiped away but he was wretched – even though he was not by myself there.

United barely threatened Wolves keeper John Ruddy and, slowly but completely, their performance crumbled to practically shambolic levels in the second half of as Wolves were everywhere in the attach them and ran them feeble.

Solskjaer will hope it is proper a speedy-timeframe spin but the fight is now moral on for the cease four and Champions League opponents Barcelona just isn’t going to lose a wink of sleep after searching at United right here.

Man of the match – Raul Jimenez (Wolves)

BBC Sport readers rated Wolves striker Raul Jimenez man of the matchafter scoring his aspect’s opening draw.

‘A mountainous step backwards’ – response

Wolves supervisor Nuno Espirito Santo, talking to BBC Sport:“I am very good ample with the gamers. We had composure, shape, correct working. Thoroughly carried out to the boys and it was a good ambiance.

“It manner so much attributable to all people is conscious of how mountainous Wolves were in the Fifties and 1960s and there are folk in the stadium who contain recollections of that.

“To purchase a contain a look at to originate the an analogous is contrivance, extraordinary extra tough now but we are able to try step by step. We are able to admire everyone in the semi-finals.”

Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, talking to BBC Sport:“We began too slowly and played into their hands. Our possession wasn’t radiant ample and mercurial ample, so or not it’s disappointing.

“I did not ponder we had ample quality in the closing third, ample mixture play. We had first rate dominance with the ball in the principle half of but that does not serve while you give the ball away and they’ll counter.

“This was a mountainous step backwards, mainly attributable to of the quality of the possession and the passing.”

Solskjaer’s first relief-to-relief defeats – stats

  • Wolves contain reached their 15th FA Cup semi-final and their first since 1997-98. They’ve been eliminated in every of their closing four semi-final appearances.
  • United contain misplaced relief-to-relief games for the principle time under Solskjaer, closing doing so in December 2018 in Mourinho’s closing two suits accountable.
  • Wolves contain acquired three consecutive FA Cup games for the principle time since February 2003.
  • Wolves contain acquired six of their closing seven house suits across all competitions (D1), as many as their outdated 16 sooner than this (W6 D5 L5).
  • United contain misplaced an FA Cup conflict with Wolves for the principle time since January 1973, and for the principle time in their four such meetings on the quarter-final stage.
  • Raul Jimenez has scored 15 targets in all competitions this season, a minimal of eight extra than any diversified Wolves participant.

What’s next?

Manchester United host Watford in the Premier League on Saturday, 30 March at 15:00 GMT, while Wolves are away at Burnley on the an analogous time.

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