Manchester United and Wolves played out a drab 0-0 in the FA Cup 3rd round, which means both sides who already have a congested fixture list now have to pencil in a replay.
The Red Devils’ wait for a victory over Nuno Espírito Santo’s Wolves continued as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team produced yet another unimaginative attacking display.
Dubbed one of the ties of the round, it was a clash that failed to live up to the billing.
Solskjaer will hope that his side has enough to get past the West Midlands outfit in the replay at Old Trafford.
Here are the players that played an instrumental part in United getting a clean sheet.
The Argentine’s phenomenal clean sheet record at Manchester United continued with yet another shut-out.
Romero now has 33 clean sheets from 52 matches, that is a staggering return for a goalkeeper. He has only conceded 24 goals in that time.
We may be biased, but it is hard to find a better second choice goalkeeper in the world, Romero deserves to be starting games week in, week out.
The 32-year-old produced a real moment of quality to deny Matt Doherty, he showed his quick reflexes to divert the goal bound effort around the post.
Unlike David de Gea, Romero seems to bring calmness and order to a United defence that needs to marshalled and talked through matches.
United’s iceman looked calm and composed alongside Harry Maguire, but he was also in the right place at the right time whenever we came under any real pressure.
Lindelöf hasn’t been giving the ball away as cheaply as he was earlier in the season in recent weeks, and looks more willing to carry the ball out of defence and force the opposition to come out of their shape.
Another plus in the Swede’s performances has been his accuracy when fizzing the ball into the centre forwards, Lindelöf is always trying to inject tempo into our passing.
The former Benfica man finished the clash against high-flying Wolves with a 100% tackle success rate, 3 clearances, 3 blocks and 2 interceptions.
It was worrying seeing the world’s most expensive defender grimacing and at one stage it looked like Phil Jones would be replacing Maguire.
But luckily for United, the former Leicester City man showed his battling qualities, played through the pain barrier and ensured that the Red Devils were in the hat for the fourth round draw.
United’s number 5 drove his team forwards in possession, but was also able to sniff out any danger that came towards his sides goal.
Maguire and Lindelöf’s performance as a partnership was encouraging and the clean sheet will give the pair confidence ahead of the Manchester Derby.
The England international finished the game with 4 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 clearances and 68 touches only Ashley Young (70) and Nemanja Matic (75) had more.
Manchester United are now unbeaten in 10 games when Williams has started (6 wins, 4 draws).
It was always going to be a difficult test coming against the inform and devastatingly quick Adama Traore, but it was a battle Williams relished.
Unlike Luke Shaw, Williams held his ground and frustrated Traore, who often was forced to turn back and pass to a team mate due to Williams’ resolute and dogged defending.
United’s left-back was unlucky not to win a penalty after he forced Leander Dendoncker into a risky challenge.
It is possible that Solskjaer will start Shaw in the Manchester Derby, but Williams should then get another chance against Norwich.
Williams is responding to every challenge and whilst Shaw continues to falter, the case for Solskjaer to make the academy graduate the club’s first choice left-back is growing with every passing game.
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