Manchester United have been knocked out of the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage after losing 2-1 against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.
Second-half goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota have sent Nuno Espirito Santo’s side through to the last four, where they will face Watford, Manchester City, or the winners of Sunday’s last quarter-final between Millwall and Brighton.
For United, this was a huge missed opportunity. This was arguably the worst performance the Red Devils have produced since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December.
The Champions League quarter-finalists, who will play Barcelona over two legs next month, were looking to return to winning ways following last weekend’s 2-0 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium - Solskjaer’s first domestic defeat since replacing Jose Mourinho in December.
But they were frustrated by their fellow top-flight opponents, who were excellent value for their victory.
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The visitors dominated possession during the early stages, however. After the first 15 minutes, Solskjaer’s men had enjoyed 80 per cent of the ball, with Wolves prepared to sit back in the hope of denying their opponents any early opportunities to take the lead.
United’s players felt they should have had a penalty following a handball from Jonny Castro Otto inside the Wolves box with just under 10 minutes remaining of the first half, but referee Martin Atkinson waved away their protests.
Minutes later, at the opposite end of the pitch, Sergio Romero made a superb stop to deny Diogo Jota. That was the one clear-cut opportunity of the opening 45 minutes.
Romero pulled off an even better reaction save from Raul Jimenez early in the second half. Is there a better back-up ‘keeper in world football right now?
But Romero could do little about either goal.
Jimenez struck in the 70th minute before Jota killed the game off six minutes later.
Watch both goals here…
United thought they’d been reduced to 10 men in the closing stages when Victor Lindelof was shown a straight red card, but VAR overruled Atkinson’s decision.
Marcus Rashford pulled a goal back for the visitors at the end, but it was too little too late.
Watch Rashford's consolation here...