Kick Off: Saturday, 17 March at 1.25 AM IST
Stadium: Molineux Stadium
Free FA Cup Picks Wolverhampton Wolves vs. Manchester United
Manchester United travel to Molineux stadium to take on Wolverhampton Wolves in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday evening. Wolves have been impressive this season after their return to the Premier League, they have made an habit of beating big teams this season in all competitions. Nuno’s side was on the verge of beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, but Eden Hazard had other plans scoring in the stoppage time to level the tie 1-1. Manchester United, on the other hand, were undone by Arsenal at the Emirates in the Premier League and the Red Devils will be eyeing a victory against Wolves at the home to reach the semi-finals of the competition.
Last time Wolves and Manchester United met in the FA Cup fourth round in 2005-06, it was United who beat Wolves 3-0 at Molineux. Wolves would be confident going into the game, their visit to Old Trafford in the Premier League ended in a 1-1 draw. Wolves defence against Chelsea looked organised and resilient; they would need similar sort of performance if they are to progress to the semi-finals of the competition – a stage where they haven’t reached since 1998. If Wolves can somehow beat United it will be a victory they will cherish for years to come. As far as the forwards are concerned they have been clinical in finding the net. Midfielders Moutinho and Neves have been crucial to Wolves success this season. Centre-back Ryan Bennett is available for selection and could start in place of Romain Saiss.
Manchester United’s best chance of winning a trophy is from this competition and no matter how good United have been under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer they will be tested when they play against Wolves on Saturday. The Red Devils reached the finals last season and are appearing in their fifth successive FA Cup quarter-final. Last week’s defeat against Arsenal ended United’s nine successive away wins in all competitions – they also failed to score for the first time in 22 away games this season. Having already beaten Arsenal and Chelsea away from home in the FA Cup this season, the Red Devils will be favourites to make it to the semi-finals. Striker Lukaku, who has scored six goals in his last 4 appearances but remains doubtful for the clash after a foot injury and will be assessed before the starting lineup is announced.
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Matt Doherty has been involved in five FA Cup goals this season (three goals and two assists), more than any other player among the teams left in the competition.
United’s seven FA Cup goals this season have all been scored by different players: Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Herrera and Paul Pogba.
Wolves haven’t won three consecutive FA Cup matches since February 2003.
This is the 100th meeting between Wolves and Manchester United in all competitions. Their last encounter at Molineux came in March 2012 in the Premier League, a 5-0 victory for United.
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