Wolves force FA Cup replay against flat Manchester United after goalless draw
At least Manchester United survived their trip to Molineux this time. Last season their FA Cup run ended here and it would have done so again if Wolves were a little sharper. Instead a frustrating tie ended with a consequence that neither team will relish, especially not Wolves. Another fixture in an already bumper schedule.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s decision to field a subprime lineup here acknowledged an inescapable truth: that United are now among the clubs who class finishing fourth in the Premier League as akin to winning a top prize. That priority was reflected in a teamsheet that showed seven changes to United’s last league outing. Mind you, given how anaemic United had been against Arsenal, it could be argued that the changes were based entirely on merit, in which case Victor Lindelöf, Harry Maguire, Nemanja Matic and Daniel James could also have been banished. Instead that quartet were deployed again here in a lineup in which the most intriguing inclusions were exciting young forwards Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong.