Molineux Misery Wolves Battered United In FA Cup Quarter Final
After a disappointing result away at the Emirates last weekend,
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have been disappointed as his side couldn’t
have produced a more positive response in this big FA Cup quarter final.
A rugged, hard working Wolves side deservedly dumped the Reds out at Molineux.
United fielded a very strong side, which was the best available to Solskjaer,
with Romero coming in to replace David De Gea in goal.
The only notable absentee other than the Spaniard in goal for United was Romelu Lukaku,
who was a big miss especially considering Wolves usually line up with 3 very strong Centre-Backs.
The first half hour was a very tight affair. United dominating the ball and territory,
but Wolves were extremely well organised and tidy in possession,
arguably looking the more dangerous.
This nearly bore fruit when a cross from the
right saw Diogo Jota test Romero in the United goal.
United were soon to respond at the other end, when Diogo Dalot’s shot
from a half cleared cross was blocked by Wolves left-back Jonny.
The United players were quick to surround Referee Martin Atkinson,
as the shot had struck the left backs hand.
Personally, I think it would have been harsh, but that being said
you’ve seen them given, not too dissimilar to the
late Penalty United were awarded in Paris a couple of weeks ago.
This seemed to spark United in to life, but the ball
was given away in midfield, and Wolves were quick to break,
as Jota was slipped through one on one with Romero, who stood up
tall and made an excellent save!
This was enough to keep the game goalless at Half-Time.
At the start of the second half, the reds were quick out the blocks
as Marcus Rashford was slipped through, but from a wide angle,
he was only able to smash wide of the near post.
United continued to push, as Jesse Lingard had an effort
blocked bravely by the on rushing Wolves defence.
A few minutes later, it was Wolves who were putting United under pressure.
A corner from the right was met superbly by the Mexican forward Raul Jimenez,
forcing another wonderful acrobatic stop from Romero in the United goal.
From that point on, it was the home side who had United pinned back,
and the Molineux faithful were starting to smell blood.
With 20 minutes to go, it was Wolves who broke the deadlock.
Fantastic work down the left channel from Joao Moutinho allowed
him to pick out Jiminez in the centre of the box,
United had three bodies around the ball,
but the Wolves number 9 was able to swivel and send a low shot past the helpless Romero.
From a United perspective, it was firstly far too easy for Moutinho
to weave his way in to the box, getting away from 3 United defenders.
Secondly, there were so many bodies in and around Jiminez
when he was able to get his shot off,
I feel Pogba and Lindelof could have done more to block the effort.
Just 6 minutes later, Wolves were able to double their lead when a
United corner was cleared for Jota to play a quick one-two with Jiminez,
beat Luke Shaw, and fire past Romero from the edge of the area to send Molineux wild.
To be honest it was no less than Wolves had deserved,
they’d been the better side and had totally nullified United in truth, especially in the second half.
Things could have been even worse for United, after Lindelof was given a straight
red card by Martin Atkinson for a challenge on Jota.
But after a 2 minute delay, the decision was overturned by VAR,
the Swedish only receiving a yellow card for the challenge, which I think was the correct decision.
United were pushing forward, but Wolves looked very organize at the back,
and United were unable to find any way back in to the game until
true last minute of stoppage time. Smart work down the
left-hand side from Luke Shaw allowed the left back to pick out Marcus Rashford,
who was able to spin and fire home to provide United with a consolation goal.
The game barely restarted before Martin Atkinson blew the full time whistle,
to send Molineux in to ruptures, and Wolves in to the Semi-Final of the FA Cup.
A fully deserved win from a hard working, high quality Wolves outfit.
Romero: 8 - United Man of the Match