Had that Pedro Neto goal stood in the FA Cup I think we’d still be in the competition.
There hasn’t been much to choose between the sides for a while and it’s small moments like that which make the difference.
Unusually for Wolves, it was a stronger first half and a poor second that cost them in that replay with Juan Mata’s goal following a slip in concentration at the back.
With over a week of rest for Wolves and Utd having played twice in that period it could tip the scales in our favour – but only if the lads can produce a performance.
Victory would make a big statement.
I watched Utd decimate Tranmere in the FA Cup last weekend and then show great resilience at The Etihad in midweek. Two very different challenges but both handled well.
Although they continue to take dogs abuse for being nowhere near the elite, I can see the shoots of recovery.
I think their recruitment has been smarter of late and with some good young players coming through and several other key performers to return from injury, I suspect better times are ahead.
In the here and now though, with Rashford, Pogba and McTominay injured and Matic suspended, they’re stretched in areas of the pitch where there’s been a consistent weakness already.
Big bucks signing Bruno Fernandes could be the answer to their prayers and there’s every chance he’ll feature tomorrow.
Of their 12 home league matches to date they’ve won 6, drawn 4 and lost 2 with Burnley and Palace being the two sides leaving with a maximum.
The home end
Some comments lifted from the pre-match thread on the Red Cafe forum.
Didn’t think Bruno would be starting this one but with Matic suspended we’re at bare bones in midfield so may have to just throw him straight in as Lingard literally offers nothing. Team would be the same as the one that started against City with Pereira in for Matic and Bruno for Lingard. Wolves are very annoying to play against but hopefully the win against them in the cup will give us the confidence to beat them again.
Think this will be 1-1. Matches with Wolves are always tight and can’t see this being any different. Chelsea got Leicester away and Spurs got Man. City so winner of this game could only be 3 points off 4th….even more likely to be a draw then given Chelsea droppin points recently hasn’t really been exposed.
With Matic out, it seems obvious to start Bruno. I hope so anyway. Like others have said, I’m sick of playing Wolves. Such a negative destructive team. But I think we’re building the sort of resilience needed to play teams like this, so hoping for a good result.
On reflection, we might need to go with a back three, but not sure you want to do that against Traore.
Going to this match. Hope we bloody win and that Bruno lad plays so I can get a good look at him. No reason to ease him in. Fecking hate playing Wolves.
Probably the same team that started against Liverpool right?
I still think Jota makes our strongest eleven, but Neto is playing full tilt at present whereas Diogo looked a yard off against Liverpool.
It would be a big call to throw Boly in from the start at Old Trafford, but it would be great to see the big man get on at some point.
Then, of course, there’s Daniel Podence. No reason he shouldn’t make the bench to give us another option in attack should we be chasing the game late on.
With three or four bodies we didn’t have a few weeks ago, the squad suddenly looks rested and robust. We can attack the game with vigour.
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