Manchester United went down 2-0 away from home against Arsenal last night.

Next up, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face Wolves in the FA Cup on Saturday night.

That combination of fixtures also took place in March 2019, and the Norwegian needs to avoid lightning striking twice within ten months for United.

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What happened in March?

The 2-0 reverse at the Emirates Stadium back in March was the first Premier League defeat of Solskjaer’s reign. He was still interim manager at the time.

The FA Cup represented United’s most realistic remaining chance of clinching a trophy last season, and Solskjaer took his side to Molineux in search of a spot in the semi-finals.

But United were blown away by an Old Gold side cheered on by a raucous Molineux, losing 2-1.

History is halfway to repeating itself and Solskjaer cannot afford to let it happen again. He repeatedly insists progress is being made; repeating a mistake from the early part of his reign would undermine that assertion.

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How can Solskjaer avoid a repeat?

Will Solskjaer be able to steer his side away from a repeat?

 

We have been here before. An abject United performance with another tricky game on the horizon – with Manchester City to follow in the EFL Cup after that – may have some fans fearing the worst.

But United tend to make a special effort after each setback, especially for a big game with all eyes on them and critics expecting blood.

It’s the games after a decent little run which tend to pose a problem, when complacency sets in.

United dominated Wolves on their own patch in the Premier League early this season and were a missed Paul Pogba penalty away from winning that match.

It will be a tricky challenge against a Wolves side United have not yet beaten in any competition since they were promoted back to the top flight.

Solskjaer’s side should be fired up to offer a response after the meek surrender against Arsenal.

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