March 16, 2019
Manchester United saw themselves beaten 2-1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup at the Molineux on Saturday evening. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his third defeat as caretaker manager, ending United’s best chances of a trophy this season. United will be back here in just over a fortnight, where they will need to make amends.
United started well in the first half, having the lion’s share of the ball, however not doing much of note with it. There were a few chances in the first half but nothing to put either side ahead in the game. As the television cameras panned to Solskjaer, he did not look all that impressed with what his team had done throughout the half. Sergio Romero made a good save to deny Wolves from opening the scoring.
Marcus Rashford was booked soon after the restart, meaning that both he and Nemanja Matic has received two yellow cards, which would result in a suspension for the next game in the competition. Romero also made another great save to deny Wolves, followed by another some minutes later. United seemed so lacklustre with Wolves the most likely team to score at times, especially if Romero was not there.
Wolves opened the scoring through Raul Jimenez in the 70th minute of the match, Romero was well beaten. Solskjaer made his first change with Ander Herrera being replaced by Andreas Pereira, who has a shot in his first few minutes on the pitch. Wolves doubled their lead after some poor defending from Luke Shaw then Diogo Jota doubled the lead, scoring in the 76th minute. United had been terrible in this game.
Victor Lindelof was shown a red card for a challenge which was passed over to VAR. The red card was replaced with a yellow card, so Lindelof was given a lifeline, as were United, who had been a long way out of this game since the start of the first half. United made two substitutions with four minutes remaining; Juan Mata and Scott McTominay replaced both Matic and Jesse Lingard. Diogo Dalot was booked for a poor challenge.
Rashford, assisted by Shaw got a late consolation for United, five minutes into added time. There was not enough time for United to find a second goal as it was so late in the game. However, it should never have come down to this. Solskjaer should not be happy with his team tonight and neither will the supporters. That was the second game that United has looked like a team capable of losing easily and not having the fighting spirit.
Goals: Raul Jimenez 70′, Diogo Jota 76′; Marcus Rashford 90+5
Assists: Ruben Neves 76′; Luke Shaw 90+5′
Manchester United: Romero; Dalot, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Herrera (Pereira 71′), Matic (Mata 86′), Pogba; Lingard (McTominay 86′), Rashford, Martial
Substitutes Not Used: De Gea; Jones, Rojo; Fred
Bookings: Willy Boly 41′, Ruben Neves 43′, Conor Coady 86′; Nemanja Matic 45+1′, Marcus Rashford 52′, Ander Herrera 62′, Victor Lindelof 82′, Diogo Dalot 90+4