Nuno Espirito Santo saluted his Wolves players as they beat Manchester United 2-1 to make the FA Cup semi-finals. 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, who pulled a goal back through Marcus Rashford.
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Wolves boss Nuno was understandably delighted after sealing a spot at Wembley, their first FA Cup semi-final appearance in 21 years. “It means a lot, it means a lot,” the Portuguese said. “The FA Cup is the oldest competition there is. We played well and we achieved it with the amazing support of our fans, pushing us and believing in us.
“The noise was fantastic, so when you achieve something I see that we did it together. We did it together. We did it with Liverpool, with Shrewsbury. It was tough. But we have to go and prepare ourselves for the next one.” Nuno heaped praise on goalscorers Jimenez and Jota after the match at a bouncing Molineux, where the manager is revered after leading them from the Championship and into the upper reaches of the Premier League and now an FA Cup semi-final.
“What pleases me more is as I walk down the stands there are people saying that they saw the 50s and 60s and they are still coming to the stadium,” he said. “So, to give them back this joy and seeing our fans going out of the stadium with a smile – with a lot of beer, of course -feels good. Because they did their part, the noise was amazing through the game. The atmosphere was fantastic.”