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March 15, 2019

Ruddy ‘will keep his Cup place if Wolves win’ – Nuno

Goalkeeper John Ruddy has an extra incentive for Wolves to reach Wembley – because he will keep his place in the FA Cup. The 32-year-old faces Manchester United in the sixth round tie at Molineux on Saturday night, replacing first-choice Rui Patricio. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo revealed the former Norwich shotstopper will remain his number one in the Cup if Wolves clinch their first semi-final since 1998. “The first game in the competition we made this decision, so nothing has changed, and if we go on, we will keep the same,” he said. Ruddy has played in all six…

Guanchang and Mendes at Molineux for United clash

Millions of eyes will be on Molineux tomorrow night – and Wolves’ top brass will also be present. Guo Guanchang, the billionaire chairman of Fosun, Wolves’ owners, is flying in to take his seat in the directors box for the FA Cup sixth round tie against Manchester United. Also present will be agent Jorge Mendes, who has advised Wolves in the recruitment of numerous signings over the last two years. Valdir Gardoso, the Portuguese agent, an executive at Mendes’s company Gestifute and his ‘right-hand man’, is set to be joining them. Wolves are ensuring there is a real sense of…

Eves: How Wolves can beat United

If anyone can point Wolves the way to beat Manchester United, it’s Mel Eves. The former striker’s first goal at Molineux was a winner against the Red Devils in 1978, and he remains the last Wolves player to score a winner at Old Trafford, in February 1980. Eves was also part of John Barnwell’s team who secured back-to-back Molineux wins against United in 1979-80 and 1980-81. Tomorrow, he will be at Molineux hoping for a repeat as the teams lock horns in the eagerly-awaited FA Cup quarter-final in his role summarising for BBC WM. “I was fortunate to score the…

Nuno: We feel cup fever but we must focus on United

Nuno Espirito Santo insists he feels FA Cup fever but wants Wolves’ players to focus solely on Manchester United. Wolves go into their quarter-final tomorrow night at a sell-out Molineux looking to make the club’s first Wembley cup appearance for 31 years and their first cup semi-final for 21 years. The Molineux head coach is aware of the clamour to get to Wembley but says he cannot allow the players to be distracted from their task. “We can feel in the city what’s going on – everyone is expecting a big game,” said Nuno. “Some of them are saying it’s…

Wolves star Jota wins first Portugal call-up – and Nuno’s reaction

Nuno Espirito Santo has expressed his pride in seeing Wolves forward Diogo Jota win his first call-up for the Portugal national team. The 22-year-old makes the squad alongside Molineux team-mates Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho for the forthcoming fixtures against Ukraine and Serbia. Jota gets his reward for his impressive club form which has seen him score six goals in 13 games since the start of December alongside 14-goal top scorer Raul Jimenez. During his current run, the former Atletico Madrid attacker became the first Wolves player in 41 years to score a hat-trick in the top flight…

Hibbitt: ‘I love meeting the Wolves fans’

Wolves legend Kenny Hibbitt will be staging his latest book signing before tomorrow’s FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United. The hugely popular former midfielder and co-writer Tim Nash will be at the Electric Club, St Marks Road, Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton WV3 0QH, from 3.30pm-5.30pm. Fans are welcome to pop along, grab a selfie, have a chat and buy a book. Kenny has been promoting his autobiography ‘Seasons Of My Life’ since it was published last July and has been overwhelmed by the love and support of the fans, many of whom enjoy reminiscing about his 16 years at the club.…

Jota: Family questioned my move to Wolves

Diogo Jota has revealed his family questioned his move to Wolves after he went from the Champions League to the Championship. The 22-year-old forward has been a hit with fans ever since arriving on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid in summer 2017. The Portuguese attacker was the club’s 18-goal top scorer as Wolves swept to the Championship title last season, earning a £12m permanent move when his loan expired. Now after finding his feet in the Premier League, he has bagged six goals in his last 13 games to form a formidable strikeforce with Raul Jimenez. But his determination…

Bennett: Nuno’s told us we can win a cup

Nuno Espirito Santo has been telling Wolves players their name could be on the FA Cup since day one. Thirty-nine years to the day since Wolves last won a major trophy – the League Cup in 1980 – defender Ryan Bennett has revealed how the Molineux head coach has stressed the importance of gaining some silverware. Wolves are 90 minutes from a first Wembley cup appearance in 31 years as they prepare to host Manchester United in the sixth round at Molineux tomorrow night. The last time they visited the national stadium was at the old Twin Towers when they…