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April 2, 2019

Nuno salutes ‘amazing’ Wolves after United win

Jubilant Nuno Espirito Santo praised his ‘amazing’ Wolves team after they came back to beat Manchester United. Wolves bounced back from defeat at Burnley and an early Scott McTominay goal for 10-man United to win 2-1 thanks to Diogo Jota’s eighth goal of the season and a Chris Smalling own goal. Nuno’s side maintained seventh spot to go a point clear of their FA Cup semi-final opponents at Wembley, Watford, who relegated Fulham by beating them 4-1. Victory meant Wolves have now taken 13 points from 10 games against the top six this season, and also knocked Liverpool and United…

Wolves warm up for Wembley in style by beating United again

Wolves 2 Manchester United 1. This is getting ridiculous now. ‘Can we play you every week?’ boomed around Molineux long before the end. This is Manchester United, for goodness sake. But Wolves, after a difficult start which saw them deservedly trail to Scott McTominay’s first goal for United on 13 minutes, came from behind to beat the Red Devils for the second time in 17 days. Wolves were helped by the 57th-minute sending off of Ashley Young – and referee Mike Dean’s 100th red card – after the United captain received a second booking for lunging in on Diogo Jota.…

Nuno – Wolves’ League position doesn’t mean anything

Nuno Espirito Santo believes Wolves’ League position does not mean a thing as they battle to stay in contention for the Europa League against Manchester United tonight. Wolves will qualify for the competition – and a first time in Europe since 1980 – if they finish seventh and/or they or Manchester City win the FA Cup. Leicester are now on the same points as seventh-placed Wolves, with the gap to West Ham in 11th place now cut to two points. Nuno’s side play Watford in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday at Wembley. But all his focus is on ensuring…

Wolves boss Nuno right to pick his strongest team for United – Hibbitt

Wolves legend Kenny Hibbitt is convinced Nuno Espirito Santo has made the right decision to pick a full strength team for tonight’s visit of Manchester United. Nuno looks like he will wheel out his big guns with Matt Doherty, Ryan Bennett and Raul Jimenez set to be unleashed after Doherty and Jimenez came off the bench in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Burnley and Bennett was suspended. Wolves play their FA Cup semi-final against Watford at Wembley on Sunday but the head coach is only focused on United. Hibbitt believes the momentum gained from fielding a strong team and getting a…

Traore can continue to be Wolves’ flexible friend – Nuno

Nuno Espirito Santo believes Adama Traore’s ability to be his ‘flexible friend’ will keep him in contention for a Wolves place – but he must improve. Traore was one of Wolves’ better performers in a rare start at right wing back in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Burnley. The £18m club record signing has also played as a wide man in a front three and as a second striker in a front two in his stop-start Molineux career. Head coach Nuno believes it’s vital for the 23-year-old to be able to adapt to different positions as part of such a small…

Nuno: Let’s surprise United, and why Wolves’ form varies against top and bottom

Nuno Espirito Santo wants to ‘out-smart’ Manchester United tonight like Burnley did Wolves as he revealed why their form varies against the top and bottom teams. The Wolves head coach admitted his team were undone by the quick free kick that let in Chris Wood for Conor Coady’s own goal inside 90 seconds at Turf Moor at the weekend. “Of course we have looked at all of the game – it’s about finding the why,” said Nuno. “Why we didn’t perform well against Burnley was we conceded a goal in the first minute, and that required a different performance. “We…

Raul: I used to follow United’s results but not any more

Raul Jimenez admits he has followed Manchester United’s fortunes in the past – but insists he is going all out to beat them for Wolves tonight. Wolves’ 15-goal top scorer started looking at United’s results more closely after Mexico team-mate Javier Hernandez joined the Old Trafford giants in 2010, when he was 22 and Jimenez 19. Hernandez – now at West Ham – was at United for five years, to 2015, scoring 59 goals in 158 games of which he started just 85. He won the Premier League in 2011 and 2013, and is the most prolific striker in the…