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January 2020

Scan for Vinagre as Wolves recall Ryan Giles from Shrewsbury

Wolves are sending Ruben Vinagre for a scan on Friday afternoon after recalling Ryan Giles from his loan at Shrewsbury Town. Left wing back Vinagre, 20, suffered a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Manchester United. Giles, 19, has returned early from his season-long loan at the League One club after 25 games for Sam Ricketts’s side in all competitions to provide cover in Vinagre’s absence. Regarding the Portuguese left-sided player, heasd coach Nuno Espirito Santo said: “He’s going to have an MRI scan this (Friday) afternoon to see the real extent of the injury. But for…

United might have won the war but Wolves won the midfield battle – Fletcher

Manchester United’s five-time Premier League title winner Darren Fletcher insists Wolves won the midfield battle despite losing the war to the Red Devils. United beat Wolves 1-0 in their FA Cup third round replay at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. But it was a close affair, with only Juan Mata’s 67th-minute goal separating the teams. Ruben Neves caught the eye in the middle for Wolves, while alongside him, Joao Moutinho also kept the ball well before Nuno Espirito Santo’s side ultimately came up short. Midfielder Fletcher, 35, who also played 97 games for Albion from 2015-17 before two years at…

Wolves keeper Ruddy’s rant: ‘I’m not a fan of VAR, never have been, never wanted it’

Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy has unloaded the full force of his frustrations with VAR by insisting he’s not a fan of it and never wanted it. Like many of a Wolves persuasion, Ruddy was left disappointed after yet another decision from the video referee went against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, this time when Pedro Neto’s 10th-minute effort was ruled out after a challenge by Harry Maguire saw the ball hit Raul Jimenez’s right hand from inches away in the build-up. Ultimately, 33-year-old Ruddy was beaten by Juan Mata in the 1-0 defeat away to Manchester United in the FA Cup…

Cutrone says he had to go as Wolves ‘didn’t trust me any more’

Patrick Cutrone claimed Wolves ‘didn’t trust’ him any more so had to move to Fiorentina – but thanked the club for helping him ‘grow’. The 22-year-old striker scored on his full debut for Fiorentina, who he has joined on an 18-month loan with a view to a £15.3m permanent move. The Italy Under-21 international revealed he was ‘delighted’ with the move to the Serie A club after scoring in a 2-1 win against Atalanta to help the Viola through to the last eight of the Coppa Italia. “Wolverhampton didn’t trust me anymore and therefore I immediately said yes to Fiorentina,”…

Portuguese starlet bags treble as Wolves U23s knock ‘Dale for six

Tividale 0 Wolves U23s 6 (Hanne 19, 21, 75, Sanderson 27, Dadashov 31, 55) Portuguese starlet Boubacar Hanne bagged a hat-trick as Wolves Under-23s knocked non-league Tividale for six to reach the quarter-finals of the Birmingham Senior Cup. Wolves took on Dale for the third time of asking but for the first time in their history after the game was twice postponed and switched from The Beeches to the old Willenhall Town ground in Noose Lane, now called the Apray Arena. Wide forward Hanne, 20, who netted twice in the first round against Stratford Town, opening the scoring with two…

Wolves cub Austin motors out of Molineux with loan move

Wolves Under-23s striker Austin Samuels has joined Kidderminster Harriers on loan for the rest of the season. The Wolverhampton 19-year-old, who has been with the club since 2009, has featured 12 times for the Under-23s this season, scoring his only goal against Morecambe in the Leasing.com Trophy. Last season he scored five goals in 14 games as Wolves won the Premier League 2 Division Two title. Samuels now links up with National League North side Kidderminster, who are sat 18th in the table and face Spennymoor Town this weekend. Samuel signed a two-and-half year contact with the club a year…

Wolves cubs to play Chelsea in Youth Cup after beating Palace – report

Wolves 2 (Abbey 42, Corbeanu 74) Crystal Palace 1 (Gordon 70) Wolves Under-18s earned a fifth round tie away to Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup after overcoming a late scare to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Molineux. Steve Davis’s dominant side took a deserved first-half lead through Jed Abbey, only for John-Kymani Gordon to equalise before Canadian Theo Corbeanu sealed their place in the last 16. They will now play serial winners Chelsea, who have won seven out of the last 10 Youth Cups, on Sunday, February 8. Wolves started brightly and could have taken the lead inside the…

Why Wolves boss Nuno is my English Gladiator – Jonny Castro Otto

Jonny Castro Otto has revealed Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is his very own Gladiator when it comes to learning the lingo. Not only does head coach Nuno help Jonny on the pitch, but he is the Spaniard’s Molineux mentor when it comes to improving his English. When the 25-year-old arrived from Atletico Madrid, initially on loan in July 2018 before he became a permanent signing for £18m last January, his knowledge of English was limited, and gleaned through watching the popular TV series ‘Gladiators’. But Nuno has helped him develop his language skills so he can happily converse with…

Nuno says chaos of VAR ‘doesn’t make sense’ as Wolves suffer curse again

Nuno Espirito Santo insisted the chaos of VAR ‘doesn’t make sense’ after Wolves lost their FA Cup third round replay 1-0 defeat away to Manchester United. Pedro Neto’s 10th-minute strike was ruled out by the video referee after the ball hit Raul Jimenez’s right hand from point-blank range following Harry Maguire’s sliding challenge on him. Juan Mata’s deft effort in the 67th minute proved to be the only goal, leaving head coach Nuno to reflect on more VAR misery for Wolves, who had Matt Doherty’s header disallowed in the first tie. “That’s VAR. Again, the momentum, we celebrate, but the…

Weary Wolves left cursing VAR yet again as United edge through – report

Manchester United 1 (Mata 67) Wolves 0. Weary Wolves were left cursing VAR yet again as they exited the FA Cup to Manchester United at Old Trafford. For the second time in this tie, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side had an effort ruled out by the video assistant, this time Pedro Neto after a ricochet off Harry Maguire hit Raul Jimenez’s hand at point-blank range in the 10th minute. Matt Doherty’s header was disallowed for handball at Molineux. Neto’s strike would have put Wolves 1-0 up in the third-round replay, but instead that was the scoreline to United after Juan Mata…