Ratings: Will the real Manchester United please turn up! Red Devils fed to the Wolves after dismal FA Cup performance


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.

Match Statistics:

Manchester United

22 Sergio Romero

The Argentinian international made a few fine saves but in the second half, it was all about to unravel after Jimenez and Jota broke United down.


20 Diogo Dalot

Added some width to United's formation and broke forward plenty of times. Could have earned a penalty for United, similar to the one he won against PSG, however, it was not meant to be. Booked late in the game.


Chris Smalling

Played well for the first 45 minutes but in the second half, the real Chris Smalling turned up for United. He's not looked good for the last two matches. Time for a change?


2 Victor Lindelof

Seemed to be more focussed than he was against Arsenal. Saw Jimenez score and could not get the better of the Wolves player. Sent off but VAR correctly awarded a yellow card instead.


23 Luke Shaw

The England left-back seemed off his game. Hardly ventured forward and was embarrassed by Jota for the second Wolves goal. However, he provided a late assist for Rashford, too little too late though.


21 Ander Herrera

After three weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, Herrera played well. However, in the second half, his performance in the game shrunk. Needs to get back to good form before the Barcelona matches. Replaced by Pereira in the 71st minute.


31 Nemanja Matic

Poor performance from the Serbian. He did his job shielding the back four, at least for the first half but never really provided anything in midfield. Booked in the second half. Should have been replaced a lot earlier than he was.


6 Paul Pogba

The 26-year-old was not the only Frenchman on the pitch not putting in the performance that was needed. He just did not do enough. Pogba needs to put in a lot more effort, which has been lacking in his last two matches.


14 Jesse Lingard

I think Lingard was rushed back into the team again. He just did not seem to be at his best, which was important after he suffered an injury when be came back from injury too early a few weeks back. Faded considerably in the second half.


10 Marcus Rashford

The 21-year-old needs to find his form and fast. His decision-making was poor. Too selfish on the ball at times and just did not get a grasp on the game until it was too late.


9 Anthony Martial

Poor. Both on and off the ball. Failed to run as much as he should have done. Had little output. Lucky not to be substituted. No excuses, he's not at the level some think he is. Barcelona would have a field day if they face the team that Wolves faced!



15 Andreas Pereira

Replaced Herrera 71'. Had a shot on goal minutes after his introduction but it was wide of the target. Unable to impress, like his teammates.


8 Juan Mata

Replaced Matic 86'. Too late to get into the game, let alone make a difference.


39 Scott McTominay

Replaced Lingard 86'. Like Mata, too late in the game to get stuck in. The substitutions should have come much sooner in the game.


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

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