Manchester United will of course be sporting devilish red tonight. Wolves could wear their famous old gold if they so desired, but instead will be trotting out in second-choice black with gold trim. Look!
In lieu of old gold, here’s John Richards wearing some in late 1979. Has there ever been a better Wolves shirt? The United top Sammy McIlroy has on isn’t half bad either. The Wembley cup logo suggests it’s the same one he wore while netting an ultimately futile equaliser in the final a few months previously. Full-time result: a high-scoring draw between Umbro and Admiral.
Manchester United make three changes to the team sent out to beat Norwich City on Saturday. Mason Greenwood replaces Marcus Rashford up front; Sergio Romero takes David de Gea’s gloves; and Daniel James comes in for Andreas Pereira.
Wolves make just one change to the side that drew 1-1 with Newcastle United at the weekend. John Ruddy takes Rui Patricio’s spot in between the sticks.
Manchester United: Romero, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams, Fred, Matic, Greenwood, Mata, James, Martial.
Subs: Jones, Rashford, Grant, Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Dalot, Chong.
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Ruddy, Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Joao Moutinho, Neves, Jonny, Traore, Jimenez, Pedro Neto.
Subs: Bennett, Rui Patricio, Gibbs-White, Ruben Vinagre, Kilman, Ashley-Seal, Rasmussen.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).
Wolves last won the FA Cup in 1960. Here’s their legendary captain Bill Slater hoisting the famous old pot at the famous old Wembley, moments after Stan Cullis’s side saw off Blackburn Rovers 3-0.
Sixty years ago! Though if Conor Coady wants to follow in Slater’s footsteps come May, Wolves will only need to start by turning the clock back 40 years tonight. That’s because 1980 was the last time they won at Old Trafford. John Richards set up Mel Eves to score the only goal that day, knocking a big dent in United’s title hopes for that season. “We were a bit below par,” shrugged United boss Dave Sexton.
United were a bit below par at Molineux 11 days ago, too. Wolves weren’t much better. Both sides will need to up their game if they’re to win this. Wolves, already 38 matches into a Homeric season, are on a run of four without a win; United, by contrast, are coming off the back of an impressive rhythm-relocating four-goal thumping of Norwich City. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s young team are therefore favourites to advance to a fourth-round tie at Tranmere Rovers or Watford, team selection permitting. But Nuno Espirito Santo’s fine side will find their form again at some point, and why not tonight? So it promises to be an entertaining evening, not least because it surely can’t be worse than the first one. It’s on!
Kick-off: 7.45pm GMT.