While frustrated to exit the Emirates FA Cup, Nuno Espirito Santo took heart from his team’s application and effort at Old Trafford.
Wolves were narrowly beaten by Manchester United after more VAR controversy, which ruled out Pedro Neto’s goal due to an unfortunate handball by Raul Jimenez. United made the most of the decision and progressed thanks to Juan Mata’s winner, but Nuno wasn’t prepared to get too down-beat by the defeat.
On exiting the cup
“It’s frustrating because we go out of a competition that we value, but the way we did it, the how is more important, because I think we can make ourselves proud, the fans enjoyed until the end, so let’s keep on going.”
On chances either way
“Both teams had chances, both goalkeepers did well. Raul had a good chance first-half, it was a good game. I’m disappointed to go out because it’s frustrating knowing we did well, we performed well, and we don’t go to the next one. I’m happy with the boys, happy with the support.
“It was a good game until the end. Both teams played well and have chances. We conceded a bad goal, bad defending, but we worked until the end. It’s not a missed opportunity, it was a good game of football that can only make us better for the future.”
On more VAR controversy
“That’s VAR. Again, the momentum, we celebrate, but the other celebration was louder, we are celebrating non-goals, it doesn’t make sense.
“It’s one of those things that now us, as managers, have to manage also. One moment you are celebrating, the moment in yours, then it’s a non-goal and the whole stadium is celebrating like it was a goal.
“Something is wrong, when we are in stadiums celebrating non-goals. We scored and not even our players really celebrated, even me, everybody is getting afraid to celebrate.”
On remaining positive
“When we perform well, we have to be confident. We played well today, this gives me confidence, when you don’t play well is when you have a problem. Results are important of course, we value them, but what is important is how we do things.
“We performed well, did good things and played good football.”
On Traore’s injury
On Vinagre’s injury
“Let’s assess him, he made a sprint and felt something, but let’s assess him.”