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United win worth all the years of hurt for Wolves fans – analysis

Wolves 2 Manchester United 1 Every now and then a game comes along to make it all worthwhile. Those who follow football from outside this region might not appreciate the journey Wolves have been on prior to, and perhaps which led to, the wild celebrations that greeted the win over Manchester United on Saturday night. Has there ever been a club that has experienced such thrilling highs and such gut-wrenching lows? The rollercoaster ride Wolves have travelled is well known, but at times like this it feels like the history lesson is worth repeating. From being pioneers of European football,…

Wolves to play Watford in the semi – and the omens are good

Wolves will play Watford in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. The reward for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side after they beat Manchester United 2-1 in the sixth round yesterday is a clash against a Premier League rival currently one place and one point below them. Manchester City face Brighton in the other semi, raising the possibility of a repeat of the 1974 League Cup final, when Wolves beat City 2-1. Both games will be at Wembley over the weekend of April 6-7. Watford and Wolves have met each other seven times in the Cup before, with Wolves winning four and…

Solskjaer: ‘Wolves are a good team’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United deserved nothing against Wolves, labelling their performance the worst of his reign and a ‘big step backwards’. United’s interim boss praised Nuno Espirito Santo’s side after their 2-1 win which sent the Red Devils out of the FA Cup however. “We got what we deserved because we didn’t deserve anything,” said Solskjaer. “But it’s against a good team, they have done well against all the top teams this season so don’t take anything away from their performance, even though we under-performed. “You cannot perform to your top levels every single time, but this is…

Nuno: My thrill to give fans back the joy of Wolves’ glory days

Nuno Espirito Santo revealed his biggest thrill was to give Wolves fans the joy back from the club’s glory days after beating Manchester United to reach the FA Cup semi-finals. Wolves clinched their first Wembley cup appearance for 31 years and their first semi-final for 21 years on an unforgettable night at Molineux after beating United 2-1 thanks to second-half goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota. Head coach Nuno said: “What pleased me was when I walked down the side, there were people saying they saw the 1950s and the 60s and they’re still coming to the stadium so…

Magnificent Wolves beat United to reach FA Cup semi-final

Wolves 2 Manchester United 1 Wolves put a rocket up Manchester United to match the pre-match pyrotechnics and send them out of the FA Cup with all the fire of a soggy Catherine Wheel. Nuno Espirito Santo’s team were imperious to a man as they deservedly took United apart in the second half, scoring twice in seven minutes through Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota. Marcus Rashford’s injury-time consolation flattered a poor United, who that apart failed to create a worthwhile chance. Wolves have earned their first Wembley cup appearance for 31 years and are into a semi-final for the first…

Murray, Ndah: Wolves crowd can be the 12th man to beat United

Matt Murray and George Ndah believe ‘the Molineux factor’ can be Wolves’ 12th man to topple Manchester United. A sold-out Molineux will be rocking to possibly the biggest crowd since 40,524 watched the 3-1 FA Cup quarter-final replay win against Middlesbrough in 1981 when Manchester United come to town for tonight’s sixth round tie. Both Murray and Ndah played in the epic Cup ties in 2002-03 when then Championship side Wolves beat Newcastle from the Premier League and Leicester at Molineux, 3-2 and 4-1 respectively. The pair remember how much the din of the crowd gave them the edge on…

Hibbitt: Raul can be our Roo to tame United

Wolves legend Kenny Hibbitt believes Raul Jimenez could be the key to toppling Manchester United – because he plays like a young Wayne Rooney. Hibbitt has been hugely impressed with the impact of Jimenez, who is set to become the club’s £30m record signing after scoring 14 goals this season on loan from Benfica. The double League Cup winner says the Mexican’s insatiable workrate is a throwback to the United and England record scorer when he burst on the scene. “I like Jimenez for the reason that he never stops working and never lets defenders settle – he’s like a…

United’s Barca test could open the door for Wolves – Murray, Ndah

Wolves favourites Matt Murray and George Ndah believe Manchester United’s Champions League progress could open the door for a gold and black crusade to Wembley. United stand between Wolves and a first FA Cup semi-final in 21 years on Saturday night. Murray and Ndah were part of the last Wolves team to reach the quarter-finals when they lost 2-0 at Southampton in 2003. United face a mouth-watering Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona next month after their astonishing comeback to win 3-1 at Paris Saint Germain in the last round. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has transformed United’s fortunes and they arrive at…

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…