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Solskjaer demands a 'reaction' to Arsenal defeat as Man Utd face tricky trip to face Wolves

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he wants a ‘reaction’ from his side as they prepare to face Wolves in the FA Cup third round this weekend.

United begin their cup campaign with a tricky trip to Molineux to face Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, the club having been eliminated against the same opponents at the quarter-final stage of the competition last season.

Solskjaer’s side have failed to beat Wolves in any of their past four meetings in all competitions, and the Manchester United boss is aware of the difficulty of the task facing his team as they look to bounce back from their disappointing defeat at Arsenal on New Year’s Day.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference about the difficulty of the tie, Solskjaer said: “First of all, you blame the FA for the hot and cold balls we have had in succession – Arsenal, Chelsea and Wolves away and then Wolves away so they are not going to make it easy for us.

“[It will be] the fourth time there in my time already and we have not won yet at Molineux. But it is a tough place. Liverpool lost there last season and Man City have just lost there now.

“We have got to earn the right to win there. We have got to play well, perform and go there positive because we want a reaction after a defeat against Arsenal which everyone says was such a bad, bad performance.”

United will be without midfielder Paul Pogba for the clash after he suffered a setback in his recovery from an ankle problem, though there was more positive news on defenders Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah who are all nearing returns, though are unlikely to feature in the matchday squad.

Wolves will be without Diogo Jota who has joined their list of absentees, with the Black Country club also looking to bounce back after suffering consecutive defeats to Liverpool and a resurgent Watford in their past two fixtures.

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