Manchester United take on Wolves in the FA Cup on Saturday evening, with the hopes of bouncing back from the 2-0 defeat against Arsenal last weekend, and get our momentum going again with some big games on the horizon.
There were over 14,000 applications for away tickets for this fixture, for the 4,685 available, making it the most sought after away game of the season so far. In contrast, there were over 10,000 applications for the away games against Liverpool and City.
With Barcelona our next opponents in the Champions League, the FA Cup likely represents our best chance of silverware this season. United have won nine of their last 10 away FA Cup matches, with the defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup final last season the blot on our record. Back them at odds of 5/4 with BetUK to win at Molineux.
This game should provide an opportunity for Solskjaer to bring back a few of the injured players for some important game time. Anthony Martial, Nemanja Matic and Phil Jones could all do with some minutes under their belt after missing several weeks of football.
It should also be an opportunity for some of the youngsters to be given a go. Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong got a run out against PSG so you imagine their confidence is sky high right now. It’s a fortnight before our next game, thanks to the international break, so Solskjaer might be tempted to rest a few players in the squad who have played a lot during the injury crisis, and who likely will be relied upon for their countries over the next week.
However, Paul Pogba was superb in the last round at Chelsea and will be keen to have a say in this match too. Bet on the midfielder with BetUK to score first at 13/2. He will likely have a great time on the international break, joined by some of his compatriots who play for PSG, after celebrating our win against them from the stands of the Parc des Princes.
While it’s easy to get carried away in the euphoria of life under Solskjaer, it’s worth noting that Wolves are no mugs. They have taken points off all the teams in the top six this season, including us. We drew 1-1 with them at Old Trafford earlier this season, with Fred scoring his first goal for the club, before Joao Moutinho scored a second half equaliser.
Raul Jimenez has scored 14 goals for Wolves this term. He is priced at 9/4 to score anytime against United. He’s the eighth highest scorer in the league this season, equalling our top scorer, Romelu Lukaku, with 12 goals. Wolves’ Matt Doherty is the sixth highest scorer in the FA Cup with this season too, with three goals in the competition.
In his Friday press conference Solskjaer was wary of the threat that Wolves pose and hopefully that same message has been received by the players. It is so important that we bounce back from the Emirates performance with renewed energy and better finishing in front of goal. The international break drags at the best of times, so we want to go in to it with another win under our belts.
In the other quarter-finals, Watford face Crystal Palace, City play Swansea, and Millwall take on Brighton. If we are to win this competition, chances are we will have to beat City along the way. But for now, all attention should be on Wolves. And you know our fans in that away end will give everything to roar us in to the next round.