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  • Jake Ball

FA Cup, No One Cares

Manchester United 1 - 0 Wolves (FA Cup 3rd Round)

Old Trafford Att: 67,025

When the draw was done, this game looked like it had the opportunity to be the game of the round, but in truth it couldn't have been much worse if the teams tried. The original game at Wolves wasn't really worth watching. Don't get me wrong, as a Manchester united fan i will always watch the games someway or another, but on this day i rushed around to do everything i needed making sure i was home in time to get the game on and i wished id of just caught the end of the game when they were shaking hands, it was that bad.

This was the moment Manchester United got the luck they needed to score a game winning goal. The finish from Mata was outstanding. He has a long time to think about what he was going to do, but he then made it look so easy. The goal if anything was very unlike wolves in the sense that they never normally give the ball away in silly areas, they normally like to play percentages and get the ball forward pretty quickly.

In truth, this was about the highlight of the game. Wolves did have a VAR call which went against them in the first half. They did have the ball in the back of the net until the VAR team saw that the ball had been played into the path of a goalscorer with the hand of Raul Jimenez. Dont get me wrong, its a stroke of luck for United, but it was the right call, the rules are the rules in that case unfortunately.

The game also bought a grey cloud over Marcus rashford as he has to be taken off after a rough tackle on him. to me it looks like he still has a chance to play against Liverpool at the weekend, but its sad really that he has to be risked tonight and that the players on the pitch weren't good enough to make the difference without him. #PrayForMarcus

Man Of The Match..

The pundits on the TV gave it to Mata. This was probably because he scored the goal which i do get. In my opinion though, i would say that Brandon Williams was again VERY good. He plays with no fear and this is a player that could force his way into the team full time, with or without Luke Shaw being fit and available. At 19 years of age, it is fair to say he has a bright future ahead of him.

Player Ratings..

Man Utd: Romero (6), Wan Bissaka (6), Lindelof (6), Maguire (7), Williams (7), Fred (6), Matic (6), Greenwood (5), Mata (8), James (6), Martial (7).

Subs: Rashford (n/a), Lingard (n/a), Pereira (5).

Wolves: Ruddy (7), Dendoncker (6), Coady (7), Saiss (6), Doherty (7), Joao Moutinho (7), Neves (7), Jonny (6), Traore (7), Jimenez (7), Pedro Neto (6).

Subs: Gibbs-White (5), Vinagre (5), Rasmussen (n/a).

Next up for both teams...

Liverpool v Manchester United

Southampton v Wolves