Jimenez, Jota slay United as Wolves reach FA Cup semis

Jimenez, Jota slay United as Wolves reach FA Cup semis

"Quite a lot was missing today, it was the poorest performance we've had, it was a big step backwards " Solskjaer told a news conference.

Solskjaer will know that his Red Devils side will need to be competitive and close to their best to leave Molineux with victory, as Wolves have been a hard opponent this term for English football's top teams.

United's second successive defeat brought an abrupt end to Solskjaer's honeymoon period, leading him to give his side an honest post-match appraisal. Solskjaer confirmed that Lukaku has a foot injury at the moment, but his comments suggest the injury might not be as bad as first feared.

The team that was outplayed by Wolves was not far from the one that Solskjaer will send out against Lionel Messi and Co. next month and the same group of players will also be expected to reignite United's push for the top four.

But Romero could do little about either goal.

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United thought they'd been reduced to 10 men in the closing stages when Victor Lindelof was shown a straight red card, but VAR overruled Atkinson's decision.

Paul Pogba was restored as captain as another Mourinho move was wiped away, but he was poor - although he was not alone there.

"It's something natural, you can not perform to the top of your levels every single time", said Solskjaer. "International breaks sometimes come in handy". While insisting that his initial run of success was not going to last forever, he was quick to say that United will be ready to go again once they return from global duty. "And Wolves are a good team, you can't deny that".

"You can't sit and sulk too long", he said.

Raul Jimenez's strike on the turn and a superb solo effort from Diogo Jota put Wolves on course for victory against a ragged United side lacking the skill, verve and intensity that Solskjaer had instilled. "So there's so many things that we need to think about". We had composure, shape, good running. He and his players have to regroup and rediscover the magic formula.

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