Manchester United return to action on Friday, taking on Wolverhampton Wanderers in their FA Cup quarterfinal tie. Ole Gunnar Solskjær will surely see the competition as offering his best chance of silverware this season, with Manchester City the only scary side left in the final eight. LIVE
However, United should avoid taking Wolves lightly: Nuno Espírito Santo’s side sit a phenomenally impressive seventh in the Premier League table, having had no problems adapting since their promotion last season. They’ve won five of their last six at home, including beating Liverpool in the FA Cup.
United will still be without Matteo Darmian, Juan Mata, Antonio Valencia and Alexis Sánchez through injury; Ashley Young is suspended. Phil Jones, Mason Greenwood, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku are all doubts. Wolves, somewhat enviously, have a clean bill of health.
FA Cup schedule
A peculiar 19:55 kick-off in the UK, which translates to 14:55 on the east coast of the U.S. and 11:55 on the west.
FA Cup TV channel
BBC One in the UK, and seemingly sweet F.A. for those Stateside. Everyone else, head over to LiveSoccerTV to find out your viewing options.
FA Cup streaming
BBC’s live streaming service for those with a TV licence in the UK; ESPN+ for our friends in the USA.
Prediction: Sergio Romero; Diogo Dalot, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelöf, Luke Shaw; Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matić, Paul Pogba; Andreas Pereira; Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford.
The FA Cup quarter-final (or sixth round as some would have it) between Wolves and Manchester United.
When is it?
Tomorrow – that’s Saturday March 16.
What time is kick-off?
The unconventional, and broadly unpopular, time of 19.55.
What TV channel is it on?
The match will be on BBC1, and we will be live blogging the action here on this very page.
What is the team news?
Wolves have a clean bill of health and centre-back Ryan Bennett available again after suspension. He will likely slot in to the team at the expense of Romain Saiss, or Joao Moutinho could make way to allow Saiss to start in central midfield.
Manchester United will be without the injured Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian. Ander Herrera should return though, while Phil Jones is a doubt. Ashley Young is suspended.
Wolves (3-5-2): Ruddy; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Jimenez, Jota
United (4-3-3): Romero; Dalot, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, Matic, Pogba; Rashford, Lukaku, Martial