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Wolves v Man Utd: Team news, likely lineups & predictions

FA Cup By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 15/03/2019

Manchester United will be looking to continue their impressive FA Cup form on Saturday evening when they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the quarter-finals at Molineux.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have beaten Arsenal and Chelsea away from home in the last two rounds, and will be favourites to make it a hat-trick of Premier League scalps despite losing their unbeaten domestic record in the 2-0 loss at Emirates Stadium, his first league defeat since the Norwegian coach taking charge in November.

The FA Cup remains Manchester United's best chance of silverware this season after paring quarter-final tie with Champions League Barcelona.

Team News

Red Devils first-team players having been missing over recent weeks but Ander Herrera and Phil Jones are expected to be available for Saturday's match having recovered from a hamstring strain and illness, respectively.

 

Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Antonio Valencia are major doubts for the clash as they continue rehabilitation for muscular problems, whilst Matteo Darmian will likely remain on the sidelines after picking up a knock. Alexis Sanchez will take no part in the game; he damaged knee ligaments against  Southampton, with his return not expected until next month.

Nuno Espírito Santo has no injury concerns for the tie and has a near full-strength squad to choose from. Centre-back Ryan Bennett is the only man unavailable, he serves the second of a two-game suspension after picking up ten yellow cards this season. 

Head To Head

 

Of the previous 99 meetings between these two sides, Wolves have won 34 and lost 48, including eight defeats in the last 10 encounters.

Wanderers earned a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford six months ago thanks to an impressive strike from Joao Moutinho early in the second half to cancel out Fred's 18th-minute opener.

The sides last met in the FA Cup 13 years ago when United claimed a 3-0 victory at Molineux to progress through to the fifth round.

Recent Form 

Wolves have enjoyed an excellent start to 2019 after taken 15 points from the last 24 available in the  Premier League, launching them into contention for European qualification.

They looked superb in the draw away to  Chelsea and will look to replicate that performance against another top six side this weekend.

Solskjær's men have had an equally positive time this calendar year, only losing twice in all competitions. The result at  Arsenal was the Norwegian's first domestic defeat since taking charge at Old Trafford and ended a run of nine consecutive wins on the road. He will wish to resume normal service at Molineux.

Red Devils have clawed back an enormous deficit in the race for the Champions League and now find themselves a mere two points behind the Gunners in fourth. At the time of Jose Mourinho's departure the side were just a single point above Wolves; they have now stretched that to 14.

Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting lineup: Ruddy; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Saiss, Neves, Vinagre; Jimenez, Jota

Manchester United possible starting lineup: Romero; Dalot, Jones, Bailly, Shaw; Fred, McTominay, Pogba; Rashford, Lukaku, Martial

Prediction: Wolves 1-2 Manchester United
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