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Jose Mourinho makes blunt Wolves claim as Nuno eyes Spurs transfer target - Birmingham Live
The latest Wolves news includes an update on a Liverpool transfer target and Mourinho's blunt Europa League claim
Two games away Jose Mourinho has said he believes Tottenham are just two games away from winning next season's Europa League. With two Premier League games remaining, Spurs are just one point behind Wolves, who currently occupy the final spot to definitely secure a spot in European football next term. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have Crystal Palace and Chelsea remaining, knowing two victories will guarantee them qualification for the second season on the spin. WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur gives instructions to his team during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur at Molineux on December 15, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) Sign up for our Wolves newsletter with your email in the box at the top of the page or click here But Mourinho has claimed that if his side qualify for the tournament, they will win it - while suggesting the likes of Wolves and Arsenal will not be as motivated to end the season on a hhigh. Speaking to FootballLondon, the Spurs boss said: In quite a funny way, I'm telling the players, two more victories to win the Europa League. That's what I'm telling the players. I know it's not like that, I know the Europa League is a long competition and of course some good teams, of course some teams go from Champions League to Europa League in the knockout phase and makes it a really difficult competition." Read More Related Articles Wolves in for Weston Wolves continue to be linked with an ambitious summer move for Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie. Earlier this month, CBS reported that Nuno Espirito Santo's side were monitoring the United States international ahead of a potential summer move. And that's now been backed up by ESPN, who name Wolves as one of six Premier League clubs keen on his signature. Along with Wolves; Liverpool, Everton, Newcastle United, Leicester City and Tottenham have all been credited with an interest. The report states Jurgen Klopp is a long-term admirer of McKennie, who has become a staple of the Bundesliga giants' midfield in recent years. Read More Related Articles Back in Molineux? Wolverhampton Wanderers fans could be allowed back inside Molineux by October, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed. Johnson has announced plans to open up stadiums to host large-scale events in October and wants the UK to return to 'normality' by Christmas. The Premier League restarted in June after a three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic but supporters haven't been allowed inside stadiums. All of Wolves' matches since the restart have been played behind-closed-doors but Johnson has now outlined plans for supporters to return safely by October. Johnson, discussing his latest plans, revealed his intention to open up stadiums provided it is safe for those attending. He said: "From October we intend to bring back audiences in stadiums." Read More Related Articles Jimenez warning Wolverhampton Wanderers' Champions League challenge ended last night. Leicester City's victory over Sheffield United - following on from Burnley's controversial late penalty against Wolves on Wednesday - means Nuno Espirito Santo's side can no longer finish in the top four. The aim is now to consolidate sixth place which would guarantee Wolves Europa League football for the second successive season. The club still, of course, has the chance to qualify for the Champions League through winning the Europa League and resume their campaign against Olympiakos at Molineux next month. (Image: Getty Images) But Wolves' sole focus now is on winning the final two Premier League games against Crystal Palace and Chelsea to avoid being caught by the chasing pack of Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield United and Arsenal. And star striker Raul Jimenez - who took his tally to 26 for the season with a superb finish at Turf Moor - has warned those hunting Wolves down that they are more than capable of winning their final two. We have two matches and we want to get the six points," he said. "We have to keep working like we are doing it. Theyre going to be tough matches, but we have the team to compete and to win those games.
Man United given huge Wolves boost as worrying Adama Traore update emerges - Birmingham Live
Wolves news - Nuno's men were dealt another blow in their race for the top-four, conceding a late winner to Sheffield United
Mini match report Wolverhampton Wanderers' Champions League hopes suffered a further blow with an agonising defeat to Sheffield United on Wednesday evening. Wolves appeared to be heading for another draw on the road but John Egan headed home a dramatic winner in stoppage time to give the Blades a vital three points. The victory lifts Sheffield United above Arsenal and they are now just one point behind sixth-place Wolves with four games to go. Wolves are the slowest starters in the Premier League so it came as little surprise to see the first half end goalless at Bramall Lane. This was the sixth game in succession where Wolves have failed to register a first half goal. (Image: PA) Ruben Neves went closest for Nuno Espirito Santos side with a trademark free-kick which clipped the crossbar with around half an hour gone. United momentarily believed theyd taken the lead after the restart as Billy Sharp finished past Rui Patricio, but the Sheffield United captain was immediately flagged for offside. The Blades had another good chance with 15 minutes remaining but George Baldock couldnt divert his header on target after stealing in ahead of Jonny Otto. But they eventually made Wolves pay with Egan heading home a corner at the death. Traore update Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed Adama Traore dislocated his shoulder for the FOURTH time this season against Sheffield United - and the Wolves boss admits it is playing on his star mans mind Traore first dislocated his left shoulder against Tottenham Hotspur at Molineux in December and its happened on two further occasions since against Manchester United and Spurs again in March. And it happened for the fourth time this term just minutes into Wolves defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane as Enda Stevens brushed past the Spaniard. (Image: Tom Jenkins / NMC Pool) While Traore was able to carry on, just as he has done previously, its obviously affecting his performance. Its the same issue that he had before, Nuno said in his post-match press conference. Now let's see how he can overcome that. He is now in pain, but hes a strong boy." Read More Related Articles United fans rejoice United can open up a six point gap with a win over Aston Villa tomorrow - and fans on social media think they have finally seen off the challenge of Wolves. @AdamDrewy85: What a result, things are falling into place for us @RooVanMataZaj: Tomorrows game now provides us the opportunity to not only ensure top four remains in our hands but to also open up a six point (two game) advantage over our nearest challenger. Top four race could quick become a three team battle for two maybe even three spots! @the_kelechi: Sheffield United beating Wolves is good news. Not because Wolves have dropped points but because Sheffield, who play Chelsea next suddenly have something serious to play for - Europa League. Good news for us #mufc fans. @SagarMalik93: Sheffield beating Wolves should mean top 5 secured for United. Could be enough for CL football if City's ban stays. Read More Related Articles The player ratings Rui Patricio 6 Patricio was a bystander until stoppage time when he had to make an excellent save to deny Ben Osborne. United made Wolves pay from the resulting corner though. Willy Boly 6 Boly looked shaky at times during the first half and almost sold Patrico short with one back pass, but he improved after the break. He showed his passing qualities with one precise pick out to free Jota through the centre and start a Wolves counter-attack. Egan climbed above him to power home the winner though. (Image: PA) Conor Coady 7 The skipper was in the right place to thwart a number of United attacks in the first half and kept Sharp and McBurnie quiet, with help from Boly and Saiss. Used the ball well and stepped up to catch Sharp offside early in the second half. Romain Saiss 6 Saiss showed composure on the ball under pressure but the Moroccan could play forward a little quicker at times. Defensively, he continues to look solid enough and was well positioned to clear a few crosses from the lively Baldock. For full player ratings - CLICK HERE How Wilder saw it Chris Wilder rates Sheffield Uniteds win over Wolves as one of his best as Blades boss. John Egan headed home deep into injury time to give United a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane to boost their own European hopes and dent their opponents. The Blades are now just one point behind Wolves, who are still sixth in the Premier League but their Champions League dreams are fading rapidly. (Image: Eddie Keogh NMC Pool) And a jubilant Wilder was understandably very pleased with his players after they beat one of their immediate rivals. It was really tight, said Wilder. I wasnt expecting anything different. We were really stretched up against one of the stand-out sides in the Premier League. Out of possession I thought we were really good. We wrapped up some really big players at the top of the pitch. We rode our luck a couple of times but we didnt want to just sit and wait to be defeated."
'Million miles off' - Wolves win again and Manchester United fans all make the same point - Birmingham Live
Wolves news - a second half goal from Leander Dendoncker saw Nuno's side win at Aston Villa
Wolves made it nine points from nine since the Premier League restart with a 1-0 win at Aston Villa. Leander Dendoncker's second half goal saw Wolves beat their Midlands rivals to keep up their chase of a Champions League place. The win over Villa sees them leapfrog Manchester United to move to fifth in the table. Aston Villa daily newsletter. Free. To your inbox There's a quick and easy way to stay on top of all the Aston Villa news with our daily newsletter. Delivered straight into your email inbox each day, the bulletins will feature the latest Villa news, views, gossip and opinion. All you have to do is punch your email in at the top of the article - it looks just like this... And what's more, it's absolutely free! You can also get all the latest updates by following us on social media here Facebook and Twitter. We also have a free app which you can download. It is always up-to-date with the latest news from across the region. Google Play Store and App Store Nuno Espirito Santo's side are now three points ahead of United and just three behind Chelsea in fourth, having played a game more. With Manchester City's appeal against their European ban set to be resolved in the coming weeks, Wolves remain in the hunt to secure a berth in Europe's top competition. United's attentions turn to the FA Cup this weekend, but fans on social media are facing up to the fact that they could be dealt a major blow by Wolves: @Ed_Plus: United chasing Chelsea when the real threat is wolves @AhmedIbrahim03: Wolves are keeping on our trail. United might need Europa league for UCL. We need to be ultra careful here. @Nargyels: Now, the pressure is on #mufc. Wolves takes the fifth place after beating Aston Villa. @MrAaronUtd: Didnt even notice. Wolves are above us now Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles @TheManUtdfan: Wolves are classic nick a goal and win the match. And their remaining fixtures arent tough on paper either. They are the ones that can give us a fight for that 4th place @EverydayMUFC: seems like Wolves will constantly being on our backs this season, so we have to win every. single. one of our next premier league games @RichardRoyharr1: We are a million miles off the likes of City,Wolves and Chelsea. @Itsalexmuthani: if wolves keep winnin, then we might actually miss a chance in the top 4!