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Wolves v Manchester United tips, betting preview & TV channel

FA Cup quarter-final

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has transformed Manchester United
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TV: BBC1, 7.55pm Saturday

Extra-time and possibly penalties will be used to separate teams who are level after 90 minutes of this weekend's FA Cup quarter-finals and Wolves could take Manchester United the distance at Molineux.

The atmosphere will be rocking but both sides prefer to exploit space on the break and it could lead to a tight, interesting encounter rather than a Saturday night spectacular.

United make little appeal as favourites given that Wolves are known for being the ultimate big-six slayers.

Wolves, a deserved seventh in the Premier League, have drawn at home to Manchester City and away to Arsenal, United and Chelsea as well as beating the Blues at Molineux and Tottenham at Wembley. 

A much-changed Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup by Wolves in round three so there will be no fear factor from Nuno's men, who went to Stamford Bridge and gained a point last week.

Only a moment of brilliance from Eden Hazard in injury-time denied Wolves victory when all of their defensive qualities came to the fore.

They were extremely well-disciplined in a 3-5-2 formation and United will need patience to find paths to John Ruddy's goal.

Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves are excellent in midfield and the counter-attacking qualities of Diogo Jota alongside ace hold-up man Raul Jimenez gives the hosts a nice balance.

They fully deserved their point at Old Trafford earlier in the season, although that was a United side being held back by Jose Mourinho.

United are a different beast under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, winning 14 and drawing two of their 18 matches, with the two defeats coming to Paris St-Germain and a 2-0 loss at Arsenal last week.

The Arsenal game followed a tremendous comeback success in Paris, so weary legs could have been an excuse for Solskjaer, whose side missed a number of chances at the Emirates. They certainly did not play as poorly as some pundits suggested afterwards.

United, who have won at Arsenal and Chelsea in the FA Cup, at Spurs in the Premier League and PSG in the Champions League, are probably at their best on the counter when able to use the pace of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.

However, Wolves are unlikely to be sucked too far forward to allow United the space their forwards crave and if Solskjaer's side are to remain on the FA Cup trophy trail it could need a special moment from outside the box from Paul Pogba to find a way to Wembley.

Premier League standings

Recommendation
Draw
1pt 12-5 bet365

Team news
Wolves
Nuno has a fully-fit squad. Ryan Bennett returns from a ban and reserve keeper John Ruddy will start.

Manchester Utd
Sergio Romero is expected to start in goal. Romelu Lukaku is doubtful, but Phil Jones, Ander Herrera, Marcus Greenwood and Jesse Lingard have returned to fitness. Ashley Young is banned, while Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata are out.

Key stat
Man Utd have kept clean sheets in seven of their last nine FA Cup ties.


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