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Nuno: Wolves focusing on Wembley instead of United would be a ‘big mistake’

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…

Doherty: Wembley is not distracting Wolves

Matt Doherty insists the FA Cup semi-final is not distracting Wolves from the Premier League. Wolves were below par as they returned from international duty to a 2-0 defeat at Burnley on Saturday and they face Manchester United at Molineux tomorrow night. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have won just one of their last six league games and the fans are all gearing up for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Watford at Wembley. Doherty denies any focus on Wembley is having an effect on the team however. “We don’t get distracted at all. We’re not even thinking about next week,” said…

United set for treble boost for Wolves trip

Manchester United look set for a treble boost for their trip to Wolves tomorrow night. Centre back Victor Lindelof and strikers Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku could all return at Molineux, but the Reds will still be without four players. Lukaku has recovered from a foot injury. The Belgian striker has not played since the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal on March 10. Martial will be available despite picking up a knock during Saturday’s 2-1 win over Watford. “Anthony will be fine, he’s going to be OK,” boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told www.mufc.com. “Victor is not injured but he’s had some…

Coady: No complacency from Wolves at Burnley

Conor Coady insists Wolves didn’t take Burnley lightly after going down 2-0 at Turf Moor. For the third time out of four this season, Wolves lost immediately after an international break, while they failed again to beat a struggling team. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have lost twice to Huddersfield – who were relegated yesterday – lost at Cardiff and drawn at Fulham. Nuno made three changes to the line-up that beat Manchester United in the FA Cup in their previous game two weeks before. Coady believes complacency was not an issue. “We knew how tough it was going to be.…

Nuno: ‘We need to look at a lot of things’ – Burnley reaction

Nuno Espirito Santo admits Wolves must improve defensively after their 2-0 defeat to Burnley. The Clarets led within 90 seconds from Conor Coady’s third own goal of the season before Dwight O’Neil fired home the second in the 77th minute. Wolves were caught napping by O’Neil’s quickly-taken, deep free kick from which Chris Wood’s acutely-angled shot went in off Coady after hitting the post. “I’m disappointed because we started the game very badly,” said Wolves head coach Nuno. “We lost concentration and communication and then it became much more difficult for us. “When you concede a goal so early, the…

Wolves suffer international break curse again – match report

Burnley 2 Wolves 0 Below-par Wolves suffered their international break curse yet again as they were punished for a lacklustre performance by struggling Burnley. For the third time after returning from a break this season, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side lost as Burnley followed Watford and Huddersfield in putting them to the sword. Conor Coady’s unfortunate own goal just 90 seconds in, then one from 19-year-old Dwight McNeil in the 77th minute ended a four-match losing streak for the hosts. Wolves remain seventh in the Premier League on a goal difference of one ahead of Leicester, who beat Bournemouth 2-0. Despite…

Nuno insists it’s ‘game on’ for trust over hotel wifi

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists trust is the key to keeping the wi-fi on at team hotels after stories of players gaming until the early hours. Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says he has blocked the internet connection on overnight stays to prevent his squad from playing ‘addictive’ video games. But head coach Nuno says he will not be taking such drastic action, instead trusting his players to turn off their devices at reasonable hour to go to sleep. “What can I do? I have three children! It’s normal! It’s something that you cannot forbid,” said the Portuguese. “All you…

Nuno on Chelsea link: I have ‘total dedication’ to Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo insists he has ‘total dedication’ to his task at Wolves and claimed he has had no interest from Chelsea. The Molineux head coach however sidestepped questions on his long-term future after being linked as a possible successor to Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri, who is under pressure to keep his job at Stamford Bridge. The 45-year-old Portuguese’s star is rising after steering Wolves to the Championship title before helping them to seventh position and the FA Cup semi-finals this year. Nuno, who has previously led Porto and Valencia into the Champions League, has turned down approaches from Arsenal…

Nuno: Burnley Euro burnout no issue for Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Burnley’s ‘burnout’ is not a concern for Europa League chasing Wolves. Wolves go to Turf Moor tomorrow to face a team that finished seventh last season, the same position Nuno’s side occupy now. If Wolves finish seventh and either they or Manchester City win the FA Cup, Nuno’s side will qualify for the Europa League. Burnley have since been fighting a relegation battle this season and are currently fourth from bottom, two points above the drop zone but having played a game more than Cardiff a place below. Nuno has built Wolves’ success around having a…

Wolves boss Nuno: All parties to decide on Raul deal

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo today declared all the parties still have to come together to rubberstamp the permanent signing of Raul Jimenez. Jimenez seems set to join Wolves in a deal worth an initial £25m, rising to £30m to turn his loan from Benfica into a permanent deal. An announcement could come before the end of the season, but for now, Nuno says there is nothing imminent on the 15-goal top scorer. “I know we have to make a decision. But the right moment will be the moment that will involve all the parts and then we will announce…