March 15, 2019
Manchester United will be pitted against Wolverhampton Wanderers for the second time this season, this time in the quarter-final of the Emirates FA Cup. This season, United has eliminated Reading (2-0), Arsenal (3-1), and Chelsea (2-0). This test though, based on the form of Wolves after their promotion to the Premier League, could be difficult.
United has seen their confidence levels boosted this season after the sacking of Jose Mourinho and the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Their position in the league may not be secure in the top four but overcoming Paris Saint-Germain and earning a UEFA Champions League quarter-final place against Barcelona, along with their FA Cup position shows progress.
United and Wolves have played 99 competitive matches in the history of both clubs, dating back to the first match which was played on the 15 October 1892, a 10-1 Newton Heath victory. United has won 48 matches, drawn 17 matches and lost 34 matches. There have been eight FA Cup matches between these two teams; United winning four, drawing twice and losing twice.
Goalkeeper: Sergio Romero
United has two great goalkeepers. David De Gea will most likely be rested for this fixture as Sergio Romero has played in every FA Cup match this season. If United gets to the final, that might change though. Romero is a capable
Defence: Diogo Dalot, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw
The defence has not been the best recently and will need to up their game if the club is to achieve anything this season. Ashley Young is suspended for this match after his yellow card against Chelsea meaning that Diogo Dalot should start. Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof should keep their places, as should Luke Shaw. This match will be a test for the defence.
Midfield Three: Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba
United’s midfield has been plagued with injury at this stage of the season but that could be coming to an end with Nemanja Matic returning against Arsenal and Ander Herrera recently returning to training. Both should play, if not Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira or Fred could come in. Paul Pogba will be involved in this game, needing a good team performance.
Forward Three: Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial
United’s attack could be changed once again with the reports that Romelu Lukaku could miss this match through injury. Marcus Rashford should lead the line with Jesse Lingard (if fit) and Anthony Martial supporting him on the flanks. If Lingard is not fit, Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes or Tahith Chong could find themselves involved.
Substitutes: David De Gea; Eric Bailly, Phil Jones; Andreas Pereira, Fred; Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood
United has some great players in reserve right now. Fred has risen in form and confidence recently, which is great to see. There is a lot of interest in the youth players though, especially after Mason Greenwood made his debut against Paris Saint-Germain, also featuring against Arsenal. With the injury to Romelu Lukaku, he could play again.