Juan Mata was the man of the moment yesterday when Manchester United hosted Nuno Santo Espirito and his troops in the FA Cup. The Spanish international put his side ahead in the second half of the game through a pass from Anthony Martial. The midfielder chipped over keeper John Ruddy to ensure his move to the third-round replay of the FA Cup.
Manchester United were in possession of the game and was in control of everything except for the score line. United was doing everything right except for their conversions. Pedro Neto the away team winger had a strike ruled out by the video assistant referee(VAR) for a handball in the build-up.
Juan Mata with the Opener
Juan Mata would have scored in the first half of the game but for a good save from the wolverhampton team’s goal keeper it went wild. Daniel James also had couple of chances to put the home side in front but goalie John Ruddy was superb in the game through his countless saves.
After a high-intense first half both teams settled for a draw in the first 45 minute of the game. 31 year-old Juan Mata finally puts his team in front in the 67th minute of the game through a fine through pass from Anthony Martial. He chipped the ball beyond the reach of the Wolverhampton goal keeper to register his first goal in the year 2020.
The victory was a deserved one for the hosts, who had the better chances in the whole 90 minute of the game at Old Trafford. The Red Devils will now travel to either Watford or Tranmere for the next stage of the FA Cup. Watford were to be hosted by Tranmere in the Prenton Park on Tuesday but was postponed due to heavy rainfall. Their first game ended in a dramatic 3-3 draw in the Vicarage Road Stadium.
When United played Wolves in the Molineux Stadium last week, United could not manage a single shot on target. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his troops did well this time to dominate both in possession and score line. And with the team brimming strong ahead of the trip to Liverpool and Manchester City is a good win for them.
United have Just Two Cups to fight for
The FA Cup and Europa League are arguably the only titles Manchester United could possibly be chasing now. Solskjaer no doubt is doing all he can to at least get one of the trophies if he can’t all two of the trophies. There were just three changes from the last squad that thrashed Norwich 4-0 in the Premier League last Saturday. Sergio Romero was in goal, while James and Mason Greenwood also started.
Marcus Rashford was introduced into the when it seems too difficult, he was brought as the clubs top scorer to assist the team. The young player was able to do that which was brought in for but he sustained an injury in the end. He came in the 64th minute of the game and then the goal came in the 67th minute.
The involvement of Marcus Rashford was risky although it proved result, the striker was taken out just 16 minutes after his introduction. After the game, Solskjaer admitted the decision to play Rashford was one that backfired. They will be playing league leader on Sunday and the club top scorer is doubtful alongside Paul Pogba and Scott MacTommiey
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:
“I think you can see it was two teams towards the end that were tired. It was end to end and an open game – sometimes that doesn’t suit us. “We’re delighted to beat Wolves finally. Juan Mata is different class, he’s got the skill, composure and even pace.”
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo:
“It was a good game of football, an even game. Both teams had chances. “We didn’t defend the goal well but we reacted well and were in the game. A proper game, I am disappointed to go out because it is frustrating when you perform well and go out.”