X

Monday 20
May

Wolverhampton Wanderers

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.

More Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Midfield starlet linked with Wolves

20th May 2019, 07:54

Wolves are reported to be stepping up their interest in Bolton Wanderers starlet Luca Connell.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Rondon on Wolves' radar

18th May 2019, 19:08

West Brom striker Salomon Rondon could become the first player in 25 years to cross the Black Country divide, with Wolves ready to bid.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves chief tips Richards to go all the way

17th May 2019, 10:46

Wolves academy chief Scott Sellars says Lewis Richards has a bright future after he was named academy player of the season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Bennett - That was my best ever season

17th May 2019, 10:40

Wolves centre-back Ryan Bennett believes he enjoyed the best season of his career as his team look to play in Europe next year.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Mendes influence key for Wolves - Shi

16th May 2019, 10:30

Wolves chairman Jeff Shi has thanked super agent Jorge Mendes for working his magic at the club over the past few years.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves linked with Milan swoop

16th May 2019, 05:42

AC Milan striker Andre Silva looks to be up for grabs in the close season and Wolves remain in the hunt to do a deal.

Recent Sport Headlines

Southampton

Saints 'close' to Djenepo offer - Preud'homme

20th May 2019, 10:31

Southampton are close to making a swoop for midfielder Moussa Djenepo, according to Standard Liege boss Michel Preud'homme.

Watford

Core players must stay - Gray

20th May 2019, 10:04

Andre Gray says Watford need to keep the core of their squad intact if they are going to move on to the next level.

Rugby Union

Hansen plays down Williams concerns

20th May 2019, 10:02

New Zealand boss Steve Hansen claims Sonny Bill Williams only needs to prove his fitness to be considered for a World Cup spot.

Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder to return

20th May 2019, 09:56

Tiemoue Bakayoko appears to be heading back to Chelsea after it was claimed AC Milan do not want a permanent deal.

Horse Racing Previews

Quick Returner Set To Strike In The North East

20th May 2019, 09:50

Filly Can Waltz Away With Prize

Newcastle United

Willems confirms Magpies interest

20th May 2019, 09:46

Jetro Willems says Newcastle United are keen on signing him after revealing he wants to leave Eintracht Frankfurt.

Rugby League

Butler completes Huddersfield move

20th May 2019, 09:43

Huddersfield Giants have announced they have signed Wales international Chester Butler from Halifax on a three-year contract.

Lille

Pepe must make best choice for career - Galtier

20th May 2019, 09:25

Nicolas Pepe has been advised by Christophe Galtier to take his time before selecting which club he will leave Lille for this summer.