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How Manchester United could look against Wolves in a 4-3-3 formation; Lukaku, Martial and Lingard in attack?

Manchester United will be pitted against Wolverhampton Wanderers for the second time this season, this time in the quarter-final of the Emirates FA Cup. This season, United has eliminated Reading (2-0), Arsenal (3-1), and Chelsea (2-0). This test though, based on the form of Wolves after their promotion to the Premier League, could be difficult.

United has seen their confidence levels boosted this season after the sacking of Jose Mourinho and the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Their position in the league may not be secure in the top four but overcoming Paris Saint-Germain and earning a UEFA Champions League quarter-final place against Barcelona, along with their FA Cup position shows progress.

United and Wolves have played 99 competitive matches in the history of both clubs, dating back to the first match which was played on the 15 October 1892, a 10-1 Newton Heath victory. United has won 48 matches, drawn 17 matches and lost 34 matches. There have been eight FA Cup matches between these two teams; United winning four, drawing twice and losing twice.

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Goalkeeper: Sergio Romero

United has two great goalkeepers. David De Gea will most likely be rested for this fixture as Sergio Romero has played in every FA Cup match this season. If United gets to the final, that might change though. Romero is a capable back up goalkeeper and Solskjaer has praised him for his heroics, keeping two clean sheets in this competition so far this season.

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Defence: Diogo Dalot, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw

The defence has not been the best recently and will need to up their game if the club is to achieve anything this season. Ashley Young is suspended for this match after his yellow card against Chelsea meaning that Diogo Dalot should start. Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof should keep their places, as should Luke Shaw. This match will be a test for the defence.

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Midfield Three: Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba

United’s midfield has been plagued with injury at this stage of the season but that could be coming to an end with Nemanja Matic returning against Arsenal and Ander Herrera recently returning to training. Both should play, if not Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira or Fred could come in. Paul Pogba will be involved in this game, needing a good team performance.

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Forward Three: Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial

United’s attack could be changed once again with the reports that Romelu Lukaku could miss this match through injury. Marcus Rashford should lead the line with Jesse Lingard (if fit) and Anthony Martial supporting him on the flanks. If Lingard is not fit, Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes or Tahith Chong could find themselves involved.

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Substitutes: David De Gea; Eric Bailly, Phil Jones; Andreas Pereira, Fred; Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood

United has some great players in reserve right now. Fred has risen in form and confidence recently, which is great to see. There is a lot of interest in the youth players though, especially after Mason Greenwood made his debut against Paris Saint-Germain, also featuring against Arsenal. With the injury to Romelu Lukaku, he could play again.

Preview: Solskjaer’s United should be beating Wolves and booking an Emirates FA Cup semi-final place

Wolverhampton Wanderers -v- Manchester United

Emirates FA Cup

Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton

Saturday 16 March 2019; KO 19:55 GMT

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Manchester United will be pitted against Wolverhampton Wanderers for the second time this season, this time in the quarter-final of the Emirates FA Cup. This season, United has eliminated Reading (2-0), Arsenal (3-1), and Chelsea (2-0). This test though, based on the form of Wolves after their promotion to the Premier League, could be difficult.

United has seen their confidence levels boosted this season after the sacking of Jose Mourinho and the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Their position in the league may not be secure in the top four but overcoming Paris Saint-Germain and earning a UEFA Champions League quarter-final place against Barcelona, along with their FA Cup position shows progress.

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Form: Wolves unpredictable in their results, United in better form

Manchester United: LWWWDW

Arsenal 2-0 L, Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 W, Southampton 3-2 W, Crystal Palace 3-1 W, Liverpool 0-0 D, Chelsea 2-0 W

United need to get back to winning ways after losing to Arsenal at the Emirates last weekend. In the last six matches that have been played in all competitions, Solskjaer’s side has won five and lost once, scoring 11 goals, conceding six and keeping two clean sheets. The match against Wolves is important as it could see United contend for a trophy.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: DWLDWD

Chelsea 1-1 D, Cardiff City 2-0 W, Huddersfield Town 1-0 L, Bournemouth 1-1 D, Bristol City 1-0 W, Newcastle United 1-1 D

Wolves seem to be unpredictable at this stage of the season. In their last six matches, they have won twice, drawn three times and lost once. It is not the greatest form but it adds a certain unpredictability, especially in games like this one, which could mean everything for them, if they can win. United will need to be aware of the threat of Wolves.

Top Scorers: United seem to be better at scoring goals but Wolves are able to score a goal or two

Manchester United: 15 – Romelu Lukaku, 14 – Paul Pogba, 11 – Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, 5 – Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, 3 – Ander Herrera, 2 – Marouane Fellaini, Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young, 1 – Fred, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Andreas Pereira, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling

Wolverhampton Wanderers: 14 – Raúl Jiménez, 6 – Matt Doherty, Diogo Jota, 5 – Ivan Cavaleiro, 4 – Rúben Neves, 3 – Willy Boly, 2 – Romain Saïss, Hélder Costa, 1 – Ryan Bennett, Léo Bonatini, Jonny, Leander Dendoncker, João Moutinho, Adama Traoré

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Team News: Injury crisis coming to an end for United? Wolves strong for FA Cup clash

Solskjaer has confirmed that United’s injury problems are improving although Romelu Lukaku has been struggling with sore foot and will be assessed ahead of the Wolves match. Phil Jones is available after recovering from illness. Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera have also been training this week; Juan Mata was training at the end of last week. Ashley Young is suspended for this match. Solskjaer said:

“We’re still getting players [back]. They’ve been training better this week so Jesse [Lingard] and Ander [Herrera] have been training.

“Rom[elu Lukaku] has a sore foot so he will be assessed this morning [Friday] so let’s see if he can join in. Phil Jones is back so we’re looking stronger.

“Mason [Greenwood] has been ill, so he’s not trained this week. He might be training this morning so let’s see how he is.

“Sergio [Romero] been absolutely fantastic and he must have the world record for clean sheets in the percentage of games he’s played. He’s kept nine [clean sheets] in the last 11 games, or something like that, in the FA Cup so that’s fantastic.”

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of the clash with United at the Molineux on Saturday evening. Ryan Bennett recently received his tenth booking of the season and will be suspended for two matches, although the suspension will be in the Premier League only, keeping him out against United on the 2 April.

Predicted Starting XI: United could be much stronger against Wolves with injuries coming to an end for some

Solskjaer has confirmed that there could still be absences but also saying that players have returned to training and a decision on match fitness will be made before travelling to Wolverhampton for this match. I have presumed that Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera will both be fit for this game, which may not be the case. Romelu Lukaku might miss out.

Match Prediction: United should be booking themselves into the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend

United and Wolves have played 99 competitive matches in the history of both clubs, dating back to the first match which was played on the 15 October 1892, a 10-1 Newton Heath victory. United has won 48 matches, drawn 17 matches and lost 34 matches. There have been eight FA Cup matches between these two teams; United winning four, drawing twice and losing twice.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-3 Manchester United

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