Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt Manchester United were good value for the 1-0 victory against Wolves that clinched a place in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round.

The Reds overcame the Black Country outfit in the replay at Old Trafford, thanks to Juan Mata’s impudent second-half goal.


Two clean sheets, dogged performances. Yes, we were criticised for not creating too many chances over there [at Molineux] but we are delighted. They are a hard team to break down. We will see that again in a couple of weeks [in the Premier League] so this was a test before that. We created three or four big chances, which you don’t really see that often against Wolverhampton.


They put us under pressure towards the end but they didn’t create that many clear-cut opportunities. I can’t remember that many. Of course, the goal they scored, I thought it was a foul on Harry [Maguire] anyway. But I was delighted with the boys, we are through. There were some tired legs at the end but that is expected because we’ve had so many games in this period. We will get everyone recovered and recuperated for Sunday [at Liverpool].


How about the run to get through? Speed! First of all, great by Harry – he doesn’t just clear it, we tried to play. He doesn’t find a pass but he turns and turns and Rashy makes a nuisance of himself, well done Anthony for timing it perfectly.

I thought he had delayed it too long but [it was] great timing and then what a finish from Juan. We have seen him do that so many times in training. I’m delighted for him. I am delighted by his influence in the team at the moment. He has been absolutely top in the dressing room and around the place.


When you have players like Sergio, or David it doesn’t matter, and Nemanja, Juan, with this group of young players, they’re important because they are boys with perspective. They have great experience and have been around the block and been at different clubs. They’ve seen good times and bad times. They’re helping the young lads through this season. They’ve been absolutely top – all of them.


Yes, it backfired [bringing him on]. You have got to take them [chances] once in a while. He’ll be tested in the next few days – we have to see for Sunday. He couldn’t run. He’s struggled a little bit with his back and got another knock. It didn’t help.


We just have to focus on ourselves. We just have to go somewhere [Tranmere or Watford, on 26 January] and try to win.