‘Don’t Take Anything Away From Them’ What Liverpool, Man United And The Rest Think Of Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers are one of, if not the most talked about side in the West Midlands this season

They’re making waves in the Premier League and the FA Cup too.

We’ve had a look at what all of Nuno Espirito Santo’s counterparts have said about him and his exciting Wolves side this term.

That includes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Rafael Benitez and the rest.

We will be regularly updating this with all the best sound bites as the season goes on.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Manchester United

Just as Jose Mourinho had been impressed by Wolves – so too his successor was bowled over by their performance in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter final.

United were sliced and diced by an impressive Old Gold onslaught.

“You cannot perform to the top of your level every single time.

“It’s still against a good team, they’ve done really well against top teams, don’t take anything away from them even though we under-performed, so I don’t think that’s part of it at all.”

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Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool

Wolves have shared the spoils with the league leaders so far this season. They beat them in the FA Cup thanks to a long range Ruben Neves strike. This is what Klopp had to say after his side won 2-0 at Molineux in December.

“It was clear the whole game would be difficult. Everybody wants to press. We want to be compact but wide as well which makes it difficult.

“We defended it pretty well. The heavy rain was difficult for both teams. It was a big fight and we knew we needed to be ready.

Pep Guardiola – Manchester City

Nuno’s side sent a message to the rest of the league when they earned a valuable 1-1 draw with reigning Champions Manchester City.

Former Barcelona boss, Pep was impressed with Wolves’ structure.

“They defend deep with 10 men so it is not easy even with one more player. We have to be more aggressive to put the ball in the box. Kevin [de Bruyne] came on and crossed the ball 10 times.

“That is the way we have to play [in that situation]. If it is pass, pass, pass it is more difficult.”

Mauricio Pochettino – Tottenham

Before Nuno’s side wen to Wembley and won they were involved in a five goal thriller with Spurs, coming out on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline.

Pochettino however was gushing in his praise: “From the beginning they pushed up a lot and we conceded a few actions where Wolves were fantastic.

“From when we scored the third goal the stadium was like, ‘OK, 3-0, the game is over’, and in that moment a situation arrived from which we need to learn.

“We need to learn how to play seriously and not make a mistake. I am happy for the three points but disappointed and we can learn.”

Manuel Pellegrini – West Ham United

Wolves earned their first win of the season against the Hammers when Adama Traore lashed home a stoppage time winner.

Pellegrini who had only just taken over at the London Stadium said: “When I was out in China, I was always seeing what was happening in England and the Premier League.

“Nuno has done very good work in Wolverhampton, not only because of the promotion, but because of the points they won in the Championship, which is a very difficult competition.

“After that, I’ve seen the three games they’ve already played, and they are a team that believe in what they do, and they are continuing in the same way that they did last season.

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