Tuesday 19 February 2019

Santo's pack of Wolves await in last eight

Having beaten London giants Arsenal and Chelsea back-to-back, United face another tricky proposition in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
With the Reds one game from Wembley again, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have been paired with the Premier League's 'best of the rest' in the form of Nuno Espirito Santo's charging pack of Wolves.

The draw was made following the Reds' comprehensive 2-0 victory against Chelsea on Monday, when headers from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba secured our spot in the last eight of the competition for the fifth season in a row.
The superb result was a first victory at Stamford Bridge for seven years, after we conceded an injury-time equaliser in the 2-2 draw in the league earlier in the campaign.
The tie will take place over the weekend of 15-18 March, meaning our previously arranged Premier League fixture against Manchester City will now be played at a later date.

With the exception of a City side still chasing an unprecendented (if unlikely) quadruple, it's the toughest tie that we could have had in a third consecutive FA Cup fixture away from home. That said, Ole's United have proved they're a match for anyone and few would bet against us going all the way to a nineteenth Cup final in May. With a trip to Molineux, it's our third successive away draw - no one can accuse United of having it easy in this Cup run.

Much-fancied Wolves will be a tough nut to crack at Molineux after beating Liverpool in round three.
The draw was made by former Reds favourite Darren Fletcher and Wayne Bridge, who played for the likes of Southampton, Chelsea and Manchester City during his 16-year playing career.
Last year, we eliminated Brighton & Hove Albion in the quarter-finals, en route to Wembley where we lost by a solitary goal to Chelsea. 

Wolves possess a nasty bite and are in the midst of a very impressive season having already taken points off five of the league's top six sides so far this season. They upset the Old Trafford apple cart with a 1-1 draw in September and repeated that feat with a draw by the same scoreline at the Emirates. Wins over Chelsea and away to Spurs - as well as the aforementioned win over the Scousers in round three - served notice of their ability, confidence and quality, and even the champions Manchester City came unstuck on their visit to Molineux. The ambitious Black Country club could yet qualify for Europe and will go down as the finest newly promoted side the top flight has seen for many a year. Beware of the Wolves!

Wolves vs Man Utd is one of two all Premier League quarter finals, as Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace, finalists in 2016, make the 22 mile journey to Hertfordshire to play Watford.
Guardiola's City, very unsurprisingly, were handed lower league opposition for the umpteenth time, with a trip to Swansea's Liberty Stadium. Chris Hughton's Brighton have qualified for the last eight for the second season in a row and will play Championship Millwall for a place in the Wembley semis.

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