Diogo Jota and Wolves carve apart Manchester United to reach semi-finals

Wolves, elegant and fierce, advanced to the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time in 21 years. Manchester United could do nothing about it. First Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men were frustrated by their hosts, then they were taken apart. Goals by Raúl Jiménez and Diogo Jota confirmed the superiority of Nuno Espírito Santo’s team. Marcus Rashford’s goal in stoppage time changed nothing.

A cold wind blew and rain drenched the pitch before kickoff but the football forecast was bright: this was the weekend’s highest-pedigree quarter-final if judged by league positions and the team sheets proved each club’s determination to advance. Other than sticking with their policies of fielding their reserve goalkeepers for this cup, both managers selected their strongest available sides.

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