Three questions for Manchester United after Wolves win

Manchester United are into the fourth round of the FA Cup after the 1-0 win over Wolves at Old Trafford last night.

United face an away trip on Sunday January 26 but will not know the identity of their opponents until under three days beforehand.

Tranmere and Watford will face off in a rearranged replay on Thursday January 23 for the right to host United.

But before that, United have questions to answer ahead of their trip to Anfield on Sunday, and we’ve picked out three following last night’s game.

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Does Solskjaer think United played well?

Obviously, it was a night where the result was the most important thing in an additional game which neither side would have relished.

But Solskjaer looked very pleased at full time, perhaps surprisingly given the match wasn’t much of a spectacle.

United were only spared falling behind to an error-ridden goal early on by a handball decision given against Raul Jimenez by VAR.

The performance was low on quality and urgency – Juan Mata’s match-winning finish aside – but you wouldn’t know it from Solskjaer’s reaction.

Relief at getting through to the next round would have been understandable from Solskjaer, but he beamed and celebrated like a manager who had watched his side play well last night.

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How best to get Greenwood into the game?

Mason Greenwood was anonymous in the initial tie at Molineux and it was the same story last night before he was replaced by Marcus Rashford just past the hour mark.

United started in a 4-4-2 designed to get Greenwood close to Anthony Martial but Solskjaer shuffled his pack multiple times thereafter and Greenwood was not able to get into the game in any of the systems.

He is a fantastic finisher but the next task is for him to influence the run of games against strong opponents. He made just 18 touches before being taken off in the 59th minute.

There is a growing case for Greenwood to start more matches, but Solskjaer must find a formation and a role in which he can make an impact regularly.

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Where are the signings?

This was a match between two evenly-matched sides with thin squads in need of January reinforcements.

Both Solskjaer and Nuno Santo spoke about transfers in their post-match interviews.

But while Santo is manager of a club who have recruited shrewdly in recent seasons, Solskjaer’s biggest hope of a new recruit is a player BBC reported in August United distanced themselves from.

This game underlined the need for United to add another dimension in midfield as well as the overreliance on Daniel James, who needs a rest and some time to rediscover his form and confidence.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.