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Nuno praises fans after Wolves’ shock FA Cup win

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Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo paid tribute to the supporters following their shock 2-1 FA Cup win over Manchester United on Saturday.

The Wanderers booked a spot in the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1998 by defeating the heavily-fancied United at Molineux following a superb second-half performance.

After 70 minutes of pressuring the United defence, Wolves finally got their big break when Raul Jimenez found the net before Diogo Jota got past Luke Shaw on the break and added a second goal.

Despite Marcus Rashford pegging one back in stoppage-time for United, Wolves collected a deserved 2-1 victory over the Red Devils.

Speaking after the match, a delighted Nuno paid tribute to the Wolves supporters at Molineux for the impact they had on the home team.

“The FA Cup is the oldest competition there is and we’ve played well and achieved it with the amazing support of our fans, pushing us, believing, and the noise was fantastic,” Nuno told the club website.

“What pleases me more is as I walk down the stands, there are people who say they saw Wolves in the 50s and the 60s and they are still coming to the stadium.

“To give them back this joy and seeing our fans going out of the stadium with smiles – and a lot of beer, of course – it feels good.

“The fans did their part. The noise was amazing, the atmosphere was fantastic, we did it together.

“When you achieve something, I can say that we did it together and we did it together. We did it with Liverpool, Shrewsbury; it was tough.

“We did it, but we have to go and prepare for the next one.”

The Portuguese coach was particularly satisfied with Wolves’ solid display during the entire 90 minutes against United.

Nuno added: “In the first-half, I felt we defended very well. We were very organised and very compact, we allowed possessions of the ball, but we recovered well in the right areas, and the shape worked very well.

“We knew we had a chance, we had a clear chance with Diogo in the second half, and I think we managed the ball better. We had possessions and created problems with them with our movement and our talent.

“It was important to stay in the game, stay organised consistently through the 90 minutes and that is what pleases me most.

“It was a very good performance, with the exception of the goal we conceded, but in that moment, we are trying to look forward. It was almost done, but it was not finished, and one loss of focus can create focus.”

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MARCH 16: Fans hold up a banner of support for Wolverhampton Wanderers during the FA Cup Quarter Final match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on March 16, 2019 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)