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Matt Doherty: Wolves expected to beat United

Matt Doherty has revealed Wolves ‘expected’ to beat Manchester United because the belief in the dressing room is so high.

Wolves fans are basking in the glory of the achievements of their team after Nuno Espirito Santo’s side upset the odds to beat United 2-1 in the FA Cup quarter-final to earn a Wembley place to face Watford on April 7.

Wolves were the better side and deserved to beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

The right wing back says Wolves always knew they would come out on top.

Yes, we did. We have a good team, good players and we’re having a cracking season,” he said.

It was at Molineux too in front of our own supporters, so we really felt we could win the game, we expected to win it.

Things are going well. It’s been a good season for me. I’ve got six goals and seven assists and we’re in the semi-final of the FA Cup and we’re strong in the Premier League in seventh place.”

Doherty is currently preparing for what he hopes is a belated extended run in the Ireland team under Mick McCarthy, the man who brought him to Molineux nine years ago.

The 27-year-old has only won five full caps after struggling for international action under previous boss Martin O’Neill.

And he is ready to play in midfield for Ireland in Gibraltar on Saturday if McCarthy asks him to do so.

With Callum O’Dowda out injured, there is a vacancy on the right side of the team and playing Doherty there would solve the issue of getting two quality players into the team in him and skipper Seamus Coleman.

Asked if he could play on the right side of midfield, Doherty had no hesitation in volunteering.

Yes, I play a different position with Wolves at right wing-back, but I can adapt and I’m ready to play wherever Mick asks me,” he said.

Doherty is enjoying his time under McCarthy, who bought him from Bohemians in 2010 for a bargain £70,000.

It’s great to be back with Ireland now. Obviously I know Mick and Terry Connor very well from their time at Wolves,” he told The Irish Independent.

It’s a new year and a new campaign and I’m looking forward to it.

I had a great relationship with Mick and ‘TC’ at the club, and we’ve picked that up again straight away.

All we’ve been doing so far is playing a few games in training and getting used to what the boss wants.

I’m sure we’ll go deeper into the tactics of Mick’s plan over the next few days.

We need to get off to a good start now, and win these first two games.

To slip up against Gibraltar would not be good at all and it will be tough against Georgia who are top-class technically and better than many people think.”