Juan second-half goal against Wolves sent Manchester United into the FA Cup fourth round

Manchester United 1-0 Wolves

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.

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.

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).



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