FA Cup: Wolves Stun United, Aguero Inspires City Comeback

Wolves inflicted a second straight defeat on Manchester United on Saturday, outplaying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to secure a 2-1 win and reach the FA Cup semifinals.

After presiding over a run of just two defeats in 18 games since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have now suffered two losses in a row following defeat at Arsenal last weekend.

The best chance of a goalless first-half fell to Wolves two minutes before the break as Ruben Neves sent Diogo Jota galloping clear for a one-on-one with Sergio Romero, but the United goalkeeper beat his curling shot away.

United had the first opening of the second half when Marcus Rashford got away from Conor Coady on the right side of the box but could only whistle a fierce angled drive a few feet wide.

Romero produced two more stunning saves to keep the game scoreless, but he was eventually beaten in the 70th minute.

The chance seemed to be lost when Raul Jimenez was forced backwards with his back to goal after being crowded out following a superb run by Joao Moutinho, who breezed through three challenges cutting in from the left.

But the Mexican swivelled 180 degrees, after getting a lucky bounce off Pogba and drilled a low shot past Romero.

Wolves doubled their lead six minutes later when Neves sent Jota racing clear on the counter, and the Portuguese left Luke Shaw in a heap before firing an unstoppable left-foot drive inside Romero’s near post.

Rashford pulled one back with a shot on the turn in the fifth minute of the five added on, but it was too little, too late.

Aguero double saved City

Earlier, Manchester City rode their luck to storm back and beat Swansea 3-2 to book their place in the FA Cup semifinals and stay on track for a quadruple.

Swansea looked set to end City’s four-pronged pursuit of honours when they took command of the tie after Matt Grimes converted a 20th-minute penalty and Bersant Celina finished off a fine move by curling a shot beyond Ederson nine minutes later.

The Premier League leaders mounted a stunning recovery to overcome the daunting deficit after substitutes Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero entered the fray either side of the hour mark but the win was achieved in controversial circumstances.

After Bernardo Silva pulled a goal back by curling a shot beyond the impressive Swansea goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt, TV replays suggested that City were the beneficiaries of two incorrect decisions by referee Andre Marriner that may have been overruled had the VAR system been in use.

Marriner pointed to the spot after Cameron Carter-Vickers was judged to have tripped Sterling.

Aguero’s penalty struck the post and went in off Nordfeldt while Aguero’s winning goal, a stooping 88th-minute header, should have been disallowed for offside.

“If it is not a penalty, and it is offside like the people say, I’m sorry,” a relieved Pep Guardiola said afterwards.

The coach was also left to sing the praises of Aguero, who had the final say in an exhilarating contest as he made up for lost time in dramatic fashion with his late winner.

“He is on top form, he is an exceptional player and he’s enjoying those moments that only the world’s greatest strikers have which is nice for the team,” he said.

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