Ole Gunnar Solskjær described their league loss to Arsenal as a low point since he took over, so expect a backlash against Wolves in their FA Cup quarterfinal clash. Wolves legend Steve Bull previews the game alongside tipster Form Labs with their betting tips and don’t forget to head over to our FanBoosts section and check out our selection of enhanced odds for the game!
Solskjær Domestic Defeat
A first domestic defeat for United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen Arsenal leapfrog them in the table in the all-important race for fourth place.
It was something of a reality check following on from the sensational performance in Paris, but the Red Devils responded well on the only other occasion where they’ve suffered defeat under the Norwegian, as they beat Chelsea at the Bridge following an initial defeat by PSG at Old Trafford.
United were superb in that game as they eased to a 2-0 success, with Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford running the show against Maurizio Sarri’s outfit, and have a chance to make an instant return to form with another FA Cup tie.
Great Chance Of Silverware
The Manchester duo are the only ‘Big Six’ sides left in the competition and so this represents an excellent opportunity for silverware for both sides, but United can boast by far the greater record as they’re an incredible W16-D2-L2 in the FA Cup since January 2016.
Both defeats were 1-0 losses to Chelsea, while one of the stalemates saw them lift the cup in extra time as they edged out Palace in the 2016 final.
So dominant have they been that 11 of these wins were by at least two clear goals and in fact, seven of their nine outings in this tournament since the start of 2018 have seen them win by that margin or greater – though it should be noted that these include victories over the like of Derby, Yeovil Huddersfield and Reading.
Wolves v Man United Betting Tips
On the surface of things, Wolves would appear to be slowing down a tad having gone just W2-D3-L1 over their last six fixtures, with the victories over Bristol City and Cardiff, while they also contrived to lose against Huddersfield for the second time this season.
However, a stalemate with Chelsea on Sunday (with the blues requiring Eden Hazard to bail them out in stoppage time) continues a strong trend of delivering results against the best sides this term.
Indeed, they’re a highly competitive W3-D4-L3 versus the ‘Big Six’ across all competitions, picking up a point at Old Trafford earlier in the campaign, and it’s been no fluke with Nuno Espirito Santo’s tactics largely to thank for their success against the big teams.
They’ve been highly organized without the ball and tough to break down in their 3-5-2 shape, while they pack a punch on the counter, and so the Red Devils appear a touch short having drawn with Wolves earlier in the campaign.
With that in mind, the stalemate offers greater value, even if Man Utd are rightly favourites to progress to the semi-finals regardless.
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