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Ruddy embracing FA Cup challenge

14th March 2019, 10:51 by Tom McGarry

Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy is relishing the challenge of taking on Manchester United in the last eight of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side have made it through to the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time in 16 years after seeing off Liverpool, Shrewsbury and Bristol City and they are now potentially just 90 minutes away from a Wembley semi-final.

Ruddy, who is expected to replace Rui Patricio between the sticks on Saturday, as he has done for all of Wolves' cup games so far this season, is looking forward to coming up against United, although he feels Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team are arguably the most in-form team in England at the moment.

"It’s been a tough cup run, we had Liverpool in the third round, a couple of really tough games against Shrewsbury and then another tough game against Bristol City, so we’re expecting more of the same against a team which is arguably in the best form of any team in the country," Ruddy told the Wolves website.

"But we’re looking forward to the challenge and we’re looking forward, again, to pitting ourselves against the best players and the best teams."

Wolves have not reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup since 1998, but Ruddy is excited by the prospect of featuring at Wembley, although he knows they must first concentrate on beating United.

"As a senior English player, the FA Cup still has that fairy tale feeling about it," Ruddy added. "No matter what people may say about the competition, to be able to say you’ve been to a final or a semi-final at Wembley is what you aim for.

"You play this game to win honours and we know this opportunity is within touching distance, but we have a long way to go before we can start thinking about that."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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