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Beating United ‘just another game’ – Wolves forward

Diogo Jota claims beating Manchester United was ‘just another game’ for Wolves.

The in-form Portuguese forward took his tally to eight for the season in all competitions to cancel out Scott McTominay’s opener as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side claimed all three points thanks to Chris Smalling’s own goal.

Victory meant Wolves returned to winning ways after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Burnley, to provide the perfect lift in the countdown to the FA Cup semi-final against Watford at Wembley.

It was also Wolves’ second win over United in 17 days after knocking them out of the FA Cup. But Jota believes they had to treat it like any other match.

Each game is very important for us and we give all the best, every single match. It was just one more game in the Premier League,” the 22-year-old told Wolves official website.

We know Manchester United is a big team, so it’s very hard to get the three points, but I don’t think we are obsessed by that – we always want to just play game by game.

Of course, it was against a great team, but we want to do our job and we are very happy with the result.

Our performance was good. It’s hard against a team like Manchester United when they start like that – it requires a lot to come back, but our performance was good and it’s a good boost for Sunday.”

United threatened to give Wolves a long night after taking a 13th-minute lead and the visitors made a much better start.

Jota admitted Wolves had to dig really deep to get themselves back into the game.

They know how we play because they played against us recently and they started the game very intense, trying to provoke mistakes,” he said.

We know after we concede the game is always harder, so we have to give more than we are giving.

We know making a comeback against a big team is very hard, we demonstrated to the people that we can go after the result, so we are pleased.

They scored so the game was on their side, but we reacted and we could do our game plan again.”

Jota was sent sprawling by Ashley Young’s lunge that earned the United captain a second yellow card. But he was able to carry on and insists he will be fit for Wembley.

I’m OK. The way I play requires the opponent to be strong, and sometimes they foul me, but it wasn’t a problem,” he said.