Wolves' Matt Doherty: There’s nothing better than this!
Wolves stalwart Matt Doherty cannot wait for the chance of upsetting one of the continent’s best teams in Manchester United.
Thousands of fans are eagerly anticipating the FA Cup quarter-final kicking off at 7.55pm at Molineux, and long-serving Doherty insists ‘you can’t ask for anything better’, although part of him would have liked ‘the easiest draw possible’.
“It’ll be packed out. Saturday night with the lights on, you can’t ask for anything better than that,” he said.
“The atmosphere is going to be absolutely electric and it should benefit us at home, maybe give us a slight little advantage.
“Obviously you want to play big games, but when the draw is coming up you’re kind of thinking you want the easiest draw possible, so we can get through. But once the draw is made and you get Man United, you have to start thinking about that.
“Our first draw was tough, we started against Liverpool, and then we had matches where people said ‘you should really win this’ and we did, just about.
“So now we’ve got the big one, and the prize is you go to Wembley for a semi-final. That’s a great incentive. One game away from the final and having a chance of silverware. In United, we’re up against one of the most in-form teams in Europe, so it’s exciting.”
And Doherty – the fourth-round hero as Wolves eventually beat Shrewsbury, scoring three goals across the two games – is braced for a ‘completely different’ United than the one Wolves drew 1-1 with in September, when Jose Mourinho was still in charge.
“I remember thinking the Old Trafford atmosphere at the time wasn’t as loud or boisterous as I’d expected,” he said.
“We kind of eased our way into the game. They went ahead, but we got back into it.
"I thought it was going to be a lot tougher at the time but they were going through a bit of a period where maybe they weren’t so happy.
“They were expected to beat us because we had just come into the league, and you could definitely feel that there was tension in the stadium.
"But they’ve turned it around completely now, they’re a different club at the moment. Completely different.”