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Wolves vs Man Utd preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Steve Jennings

Published: 17:32, 2 January 2020

Wolves will take on Manchester United in a repeat of last season’s FA Cup quarter-final at Molineux this weekend.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side ran out 2-1 winners last time thanks to goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota before Marcus Rashford’s consolation strike.

The hosts are unbeaten against United in their past four meetings, but the Red Devils will be eager to bounce back from Wednesday’s disappointing defeat at Arsenal.

Wolves will also be looking to return to form after losing at Watford, setting up an enticing contest at Molineux. Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, TV info and more.

When is Wolves vs Man Utd and where can I watch live?

Competition: FA Cup

Venue: Molineux

Date: Saturday, 04 January 2020

Kick-off: 5:31 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 1

Last five meetings: Wolves vs Man Utd

19 August 2019: Wolves 1-1 Man Utd (Premier League)

02 April 2019: Wolves 2-1 Man Utd (Premier League)

16 March 2019: Wolves 2-1 Man Utd (FA Cup)

22 September 2018: Man Utd 1-1 Wolves (Premier League)

18 March 2012: Wolves 0-5 Man Utd (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Wolves (DWWDL) 6-9 Man Utd (DLLDW)

Ones to watch

Wolves: Diogo Jota

Wolves’ top scorer Raul Jimenez may be United’s priority when it comes to defending, but they will also have to be wary of the threat Diogo Jota poses. He has found the net just three times in the Premier League this term but has nine goals across all competitions and will be eager to kickstart a run of form on Saturday, especially after dropping to the bench at Watford.

Key stat: Jota scored in both of Wolves’ victories against Manchester United at Molineux last season.

Man Utd: Mason Greenwood

Greenwood is likely to be given an opportunity from the start in this one having earned more Premier League minutes by impressing in other competitions – mainly the Europa League, in which he has scored four goals in five outings. This is his chance to make a case to be starting regularly in league games, so he will be determined to damage Wolves with his clinical finishing.

Key stat: Only Marcus Rashford (16) has scored more goals than Mason Greenwood (10) for Manchester United in all competitions this term.

Team news


Willy Boly and Morgan Gibbs-White remain out with long-term injuries. Espirito Santo otherwise has a full squad to choose from after Patrick Cutrone returned to the bench against Watford following illness.

Predicted XI: Rui Patricio; Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Otto; Traore, Jimenez, Jota.

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Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer revealed a double midfield blow after the Arsenal game with Paul Pogba requiring ankle surgery and Scott McTominay now ruled out for “a few months”.

Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are all absent but Axel Tuanzebe has returned to training.

Predicted XI: Romero; Young, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams; Fred, Matic; James, Pereira, Rashford; Greenwood.

Squawka prediction

Time and time again, Wolves have proven they are a match for the ‘Big Six’ with a number of impressive results against the Premier League’s top sides. Saturday is another opportunity to show those credentials, and there is a good chance the hosts will pick up yet another victory over United.

Scoreline prediction: Wolves 2-1 Man Utd