A splendid FA Cup victory, Wolves propelled into the semi-finals for the first time since 1998 with a shrewd performance against a Manchester United team that struggled with the sheer ringcraft of their opponents.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, in their first quarter-final since 2003, fully deserved their victory as United produced their worst performance under the interim management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United goalkeeper Sergio Romero, playing in for David de Gea, had kept United level with brilliant saves from Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez either side of the interval, before the Mexican striker swivelled in the area to finally give Wolves the reward their domination merited with 20 minutes remaining.
Wolves were rampant and it was no surprise when the dangerous Jota doubled their lead six minutes later, shrugging off United’s Luke Shaw on the break before shooting low past the exposed Romero.
There are four FA Cups on the Wolves role of honour but the last one was in 1960 in the days when they were challenging for the league and cup double. They have been singing at Molineux for some time that their club are on their way back and it has been a long journey indeed. Their last major honour is that League Cup in 1980 when Andy Gray was leading the line for Wolves and Brian Clough was in the opposition dugout.
United have now lost an FA Cup clash with Wolves for the first time since January 1973, and for the first time in their four such meetings at the quarter-final stage.