Wolves taking the lead (Photo: The Mirror)

Manchester United lost 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the quarter-final of the FA Cup.

Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez scored in the second half with Marcus Rashford only being able to reduce the home side’s lead with an injury time goal.

The Red Devils ended their quest for domestic silverware at the Molineux Stadium as they couldn’t comeback from the two-goal deficit. Most of the players donning red and white had poor outings allowing Nuno Espirito Santo’s side to grill out a win.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded a very strong team on paper with many first team stars returning from injury in the recent weeks. Santo also fielded a strong team with Ryan Bennett and Rui Patricio missing at the back.

The away side kept most of the possession in the first half but produced a lackluster performance with the home side looking dangerous with counter-attacks.

Two minutes before the half-time break, Ruben Neves released Jota through on goal but Sergio Romero made a fine save to ensure that the match remains goal-less.

Ten minutes into the second half, Raul Jimenez produced a fine header from a well delivered corner but Romero rose to the occasion with an excellent save stopping the goal-bound header from the Portuguese striker.

In the 70th minute, Jimenez came up with a fantastic strike from the edge of the box, going through a sea of defenders and beating the goalkeeper as well to give Wolves the lead.

About 5-6 minutes later, Jota left Luke Shaw on the ground as he raced on goal and hit the back of the net doubling the home side’s lead.

In the last minute of injury time, Shaw’s industrious run on the left hand side followed by a good cross allowed Rashford to get a consolation goal at the end of the match.

Elsewhere, Manchester City beat Swansea City 3-2 to book a place in the semi-final while Watford beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the only other premiership clash in this round. Championship side Milwall face Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.

Manchester United, now eliminated from the FA Cup have their hopes of domestic silverware bleak with Liverpool and Manchester City fighting it out for the Premier League title. They are scheduled to play Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the second and third week of April.

Wolves will face either Watford, Manchester City or Milwall/Brighton in their first semi-final of the FA Cup in 21 years.


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