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FA Cup 2018/2019 - 3 reasons why Wolves eliminated Manchester United 

Elvis Ume O
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1.13K   //    17 Mar 2019, 12:13 IST

Pogba performed beneath his usual standards
Pogba performed beneath his usual standards

Manchester United suffered a crushing elimination from the FA Cup, losing 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux.

The Red Devils have seen a massive upturn in fortune since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's arrival, hence this defeat would have come as a very bitter pill to swallow.

United have been paired with Barcelona in the quarterfinal of the Champions League, while they are way off the pace in the Premier League and as such, the FA Cup represented their best shot at winning a trophy this season

The victory over United was Wolves' first against the giants in the FA Cup since 1973 and saw them qualify for the semifinal for the first time since 1997/1998. In this piece, we shall be taking a look at three reasons why Wolves posted this shock victory over Manchester United

#3 United's surprising lack of tempo

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United - FA Cup Quarter Final
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United - FA Cup Quarter Final

Ever since Ole Gunner Solskjaer took over at Old Trafford, not only have United seen an improvement in results, they have also witnessed a massive upturn in playing pattern, with the team resorting to an attacking brand of football reminiscent of years of yore under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Most of the matches under the Norwegian manager have been characterized by a swift counterattacking style, with numerous players continuously operating at a high tempo, giving United an attacking swagger which had been lost in recent seasons.

However, against Wolves, United toiled and foiled in vain, posting a flat, dour performance which was more in tune with the gloomy days of Mourinho and looked nothing like the boisterous and vibrant team we have been watching in recent weeks,

Paul Pogba was a major culprit, as he was a long way off his usual standards, but the United captain on the day was far from being alone, as virtually all his teammates were also laborious, failing to match the high tempo posted by Wolves and struggling to test their host's defense.

This was unarguably the worst performance in the three months that Solskjaer has been in charge, leading to the club losing consecutive matches for the first time since December. Thankfully, United have a two-week break before they are back in action and the 46-year-old would do well to reinvigorate his squad by then.

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Elvis Ume O
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Elvis is an avid football fan, who has followed the sport dedicatedly for over 15 years. His passion lies with the Super Eagles of Nigeria, while his all-time favorite player is Raul Gonzalez. He watches all football matches, but has a bias for international football. He understands that the end justifies the means in football, and results are all that matters, but prefers the results being gotten in an aesthetic manner. His writing reflects the way he lives his life, open-ended, with room for differing opinions. Other pastimes include reading and exploring the world. If you have a passion for the game like he does, connect with him across all platforms and share views.
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