Safe to say that things didn’t go as Ole Gunnar Solksjaer & Co envisaged when they landed at the Molineux for their crunch FA Cup tie
Manchester United were deservedly beaten 2-1 by Wolves in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup on Saturday night, and loads of fans of the club have already given their verdict on the loss to Nuno Espirito Santo’s marvellous side, and they’ve made sure to absolutely lambast the performance of Anthony Martial.
Goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota were enough to overcome a late Marcus Rashford consolation strike, but truth be told, it never looks like the hosts were in any real danger of conceding throughout the game, and in fact, that their opener came only after 70 minutes points more to some shoddy finishing and brilliant goalkeeping than anything concrete that the Red Devils threw up at the back.
After the historic scenes in Paris last week and a confident performance against Arsenal, despite the result (0-2 loss there), which could be termed unlucky in a lot of ways, United needed to show that they could put their heads down and look ahead rather than mope around about the defeat in north London.
But Solskjaer would have been gutted with how his side performed at Molineux. The Red Devils were second to every ball, and were deservedly punished in the second half when Jimenez was quickest to react to a scramble in the box. Jota then raced clear of Luke Shaw, who comically slipped when he could conceivably cleared the ball, to smash home an excellent low strike past Sergio Romero, and the game was surely over from there.
The blame lies not on any one player, for this was a performance reminiscent f the Jose Mourinho days when no one seemed to want to be on the field, and plenty of players underperformed, but fans are still cross with at Martial, who was literally a spectator throughout the match. He touched the ball just 58 times and completed zero key passes and zero dribbles, and the Twitter reactions, as given below, are sure not to have made the Frenchman happy when he woke up on Sunday morning…
As expected, and as usual, fans have gone overboard with their reactions and criticism of players after a loss. Granted, Martial was anonymous during the game, but this kind of “expert opinion from the couch” helps no one, and only proves that fans nowadays seem to form opinions too quickly, sometimes to the level of going against everything they believed in or said up until that point.
What they should do is take this loss in their stride, like United must, and while pointing fingers at players for underperforming in a positive manner, throw their support behind the team ahead of the next game.