Nuno Espirito Santo has warned it would be a ‘big mistake’ for Wolves to be distracted by their FA Cup semi-final as they prepare to face Manchester United tomorrow.
Wolves host United with fans already eagerly awaiting the weekend and the club’s first semi-final since 1998 when they play Watford at Wembley on Sunday.
But head coach Nuno believes anything other than total focus on United would be folly as they look to bounce back after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Burnley.
“The reality is this: We have a game tomorrow and we have a game on Sunday,” said Nuno.
“Of course we cannot take away from our minds what’s going to happen after.
“But this could be a big mistake, so our philosophy is simple.
“We go game by game, and do the tasks we have to do in this game, perform well, then get ready for another one. It’s a simple process.”
United were left licking their wounds two weeks ago after Wolves knocked them out of the FA Cup on a memorable night at Molineux.
Nuno wants to draw on the positive aspects of that win while recognising it’s another huge test.
“Of course that night was special for every one of us, all of our fans, but this is a new challenge, a new game and a different competition now,” said the boss.
“We have to compete well and we are ready for it.
“Every game is a new challenge, especially as we have to realise we’re going to face a fantastic team so we have to really compete well, be organised, be focused on the game and the tasks, knowing that the opponents can catch us out so it will require a lot of effort.
“What we did before doesn’t mean anything. Of course we analyse what went on before, and we hope we can take some of the good things that we did and try to repeat them.”
Nuno confirmed Raul Jimenez is fit to start the game after being on the bench at Burnley.