Wolves 0 Manchester Utd 3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Manchester United 3, Molineux Stadium, English FA Cup Fourth Round, January 29, 2006. After knocking out Burton Albion following a replay in the previous round, Sir Alex Ferguson´s boys beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 in the next stage of the competition courtesy of a Kieran Richardson brace and a goal by Louis Saha.
Manchester United entered this game on the back of a narrow 1-0 triumph against bitter enemies Liverpool at Old Trafford, with Rio Ferdinand scoring the winner for the hosts in the final minute of The North West Derby. Promotion chasing Wolverhampton, meanwhile, had been held to goalless draw against relegation threatened Millwall at The New Den in South East London in their previous fixture. In front of a crowd of nearly 30,000 people, Sir Alex Ferguson´s boys propelled themselves into an early one-nil lead thanks to England U21 international Kieran Richardson who beat Wolverhampton goalkeeper Stefan Postma with a first-time shot following five minutes of opening action. Manchester United doubled the advantage through a goal from former Metz and Fulham forward Louis Saha in the final minute of the first half before Richardson headed home a cross by Ruud van Nistelrooy to make it three-nil to The Reds seven minutes after the restart. Following the win over Wolves, Manchester United would now face none other than Liverpool at Anfield in the fifth round of the tournament. Wolverhampton Wanderers Team: Stefan Postma, Lee Naylor, Joleon Lescott, Gabor Gyepes, Rob Edwards, Paul Ince, Mark Kennedy, Darren Anderton, Kenny Miller, Ki-hyeon Seol, Carl Cort. Substitutes: Colin Cameron, Mark Davies, Tomasz Frankowski. Manchester United Team: Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Wesley Brown, Mikael Silvestre, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Ji-Sung Park, Kieran Richardson, Wayne Rooney, Louis Saha, Ruud van Nistelrooy. Substitutes: Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher, Alan Smith.
Kieran Richardson Quickfacts
Kieran Richardson scored eleven goals in eighty-one appearances in all competitions for Manchester United before he joined Roy Keane´s Sunderland at the beginning of the 2007-08 campaign.