Manchester United 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers, FA Cup third-round replay

Manchester United 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers, FA Cup third-round replay 1

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Juan Mata’s superb second-half goal sent Manchester United into the FA Cup fourth round as they beat Wolves.

The Spanish midfielder chipped over Wolves keeper John Ruddy to settle the third-round replay after being put through on goal by Anthony Martial.

Wolves had an early Pedro Neto strike ruled out by the video assistant referee for a handball in the build-up.

But it was a deserved win for the hosts, who had the better chances in a tight game at Old Trafford.

Manchester United will next travel to either Watford or Tranmere – whose third-round replay at Prenton Park on Tuesday was postponed because of heavy rain.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side did not manage a shot on target in the goalless first game between the two sides at Molineux on 4 January but were much more threatening in this match.

An excellent save by Ruddy prevented Mata from opening the scoring in the first half, while Daniel James was also denied by the Wolves keeper.

After a high-tempo start, the game settled down – but Mata, 31, produced the one moment of quality to seal victory, rolling back the years with a clever finish.

New handball rule causes controversy again

VAR has certainly had its critics this season – but for the second time in five days, it was new regulations relating to handball that caused controversy as the video official stepped in to rule out a goal.

The law regarding handball, updated before the start of this season, states any goal scored or created with the use of the hand or arm will be disallowed “even if it is accidental”.

West Ham and Declan Rice fell victim to it last Friday when the midfielder’s injury-time equaliser against Sheffield United was ruled out because the ball had touched his arm in the build-up.

This time, the handball rule was applied early on at Old Trafford when VAR spotted that the ball had brushed Raul Jimenez’s hand just before Neto fired home early on.

It was a let-off for Manchester United and spared Fred’s blushes with the strike having come as a result of a wild pass by the midfielder that deflected off a team-mate and into Jimenez’s path.

It also seemed to set the tone for the rest of the game as Manchester United grew in confidence after a strong start by Wolves, who struggled to get Adama Traore involved as much as they would have hoped.

What next?

Manchester United travel to Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday, 19 January (16:30 GMT) while Wolves are at Southampton the day before (15:00).

More to follow.

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 22Romero
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5MaguireBooked at 74mins
  • 53Williams
  • 17FredBooked at 37mins
  • 31Matic
  • 8Mata
  • 26GreenwoodSubstituted forPereiraat 64′minutes
  • 21JamesSubstituted forRashfordat 64′minutesSubstituted forLingardat 80′minutes
  • 9Martial

Substitutes

  • 4Jones
  • 10Rashford
  • 13Grant
  • 14Lingard
  • 15Pereira
  • 20Dalot
  • 44Chong

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 32DendonckerBooked at 84mins
  • 16Coady
  • 27Saïss
  • 2Doherty
  • 8Neves
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 19Castro OttoSubstituted forVinagreat 75′minutes
  • 7NetoBooked at 59minsSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 71′minutes
  • 9Jiménez
  • 37TraoréSubstituted forBuurat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bennett
  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 29Vinagre
  • 49Kilman
  • 56Ashley-Seal
  • 59Buur
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
67,025

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Attempt saved. Andreas Pereira (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

Offside, Manchester United. Jesse Lingard tries a through ball, but Anthony Martial is caught offside.

Harry Maguire (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Oskar Buur is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Victor Lindelöf.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Raúl Jiménez tries a through ball, but Morgan Gibbs-White is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Oskar Buur replaces Adama Traoré because of an injury.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Rúben Neves.

Booking

Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by João Moutinho following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Victor Lindelöf.

Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Jesse Lingard replaces Marcus Rashford because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Vinagre replaces Jonny.

Booking

Harry Maguire (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Harry Maguire (Manchester United).

Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Pedro Neto.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony Martial with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Andreas Pereira replaces Mason Greenwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Marcus Rashford replaces Daniel James.

Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Booking

Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Brandon Williams (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Fred (Manchester United).

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jonny.

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho.

Attempt missed. Daniel James (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Brandon Williams.

Fred (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

goal

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