Wolves and Manchester United clash in the FA Cup on Saturday for the first time in 13 years. VAR will also be used in this tie. The two sides played out a draw in the Premier League back in September at Old Trafford, but does Nuno Santo’s side have what it takes to overcome United at home?
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester United FA Cup 2018-19
Where to Watch
Date: 16 March 2019
Kick Off Time: 19:55 GMT
Referee in Charge: Martin Atkinson
TV Channel / Live Stream: Watch the action live on BBC One and BBC One HD. Live streaming is also available for UK viewers on your phone or tablet via the BBC Sport website.
Wolves vs Man Utd – The Form Guide
If you’ve not been hiding under a rock, then you’ll know just how good Manchester United have been in recent months. However, they did suffer their first defeat away from home under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Arsenal last weekend. They are human. Ole’s at the wheel, but are they starting to come off? Of course not.
The defeat at the Emirates looked to be as a result of the prolonged celebrations from the win in Paris just a few days prior. United had plenty of chances to win it that day too. Everyone has an off day. That’s all it was. Well, at least that’s what United fans are hoping. Wolves won’t be easy.
You have to go back to mid-December to find Man Utd’s last away defeat before Arsenal, but Wolves did hold them to a draw at Old Trafford earlier in the season, so this tie isn’t a foregone conclusion. Far from it.
Wolves drew away at Chelsea last time out. Their home form has been fantastic, racking up five wins and a draw in their last six in all competitions. Let’s not forget that they also dumped Liverpool out of the FA Cup in Round Three.
The home fans have only witnessed one draw in all competitions since August, so we’re certainly due one at Molineux soon.
Team News – Injuries and Suspensions
Wolves have no injury concerns ahead of this one. Ryan Bennett should return as his current suspension only applies to Premier League games. Nuno Santo has already confirmed that John Ruddy will get a chance between the sticks on Saturday.
United will be without Ashley Young. He picked up a booking in the last round which handed him a one-match ban due to it being his second yellow in the competition. Expect Diogo Dalot to fill in at right-back.
Lukaku will have a late fitness test due to a sore foot. Who might replace him? Mason Greenwood is ill at the moment, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see him play any part, and Alexis Sanchez looks set to be missing for a while longer yet. Marcus Rashford may well lead the line if Lukaku doesn’t make it.
Wolves Predicted XI: Ruddy, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Saiss, Dendoncker, Neves, Vinagre, Jota, Jimenez.
Man Utd Predicted XI: Romero, Dalot, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Pogba, Martial, Rashford, Lukaku.
1-1 in 90 minutes. Wolves are no pushovers. They could even win this. United will want to make amends for that defeat in North London at the weekend, but they won’t have it all their own way.
Wolves have proved their worth against many teams already this season, and they will give the Red Devils a game here. I think United grind out a draw in 90 mins, so that’s my prediction. I have no idea who will win it from there. It will all depend on the fitness of the players. If it goes to penalties, I’d favour United. Just.
Both sides will attack, and both sides are more than capable of scoring at least one. With that in mind, Both Teams to Score looks an attractive option at odds of 3/4.
Match Fact and Stats
- United won 3-0 the last times the two sides met in an FA Cup tie. That was way back in 2005-06, though.
- Wolves have not reached an FA Cup semi-final since the 1997-98 season.
- Man Utd have won nine of their last 10 FA Cup games away from the Theatre of Dreams.
- Of all the teams left in the competition, Matt Doherty has been involved in the most goals (3 goals, 2 assists).