Wolverhampton Wanderers have crashed out of the FA Cup following defeat in a third-round reply.
The west Midlanders were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford with Juan Mata’s 68th-minute strike being the only difference.
Nuno Santo named a full-strength side barring a change in goal with backup shot-stopper John Ruddy replacing Wolves’ number one Rui Patricio, while the likes of Oscar Buur, Morgan Gibbs-White and Benny Ashley-Seal all featured on the bench.
The result has caused mass reactions of anger and general criticism with the bulk of the blame being directed at the board of directors and those in charge of recruitment – sporting director Kevin Thelwell and the ownership Fosun weren’t safe.
Kevin thelwell is a clueless donkey
— kai ronan lloyd (@kailegend1) January 15, 2020
Kevin Thelwell get out my club
— ella (@ellawwfc) January 15, 2020
Thelwell sitting in the stands coming up with the next u23's player we can sign
— James (@JamesWolves94) January 15, 2020
— Sam (@SamW160) January 15, 2020
National bank holiday on the day Thelwell leaves the club?
— Spencer (@FisherS_98) January 15, 2020
— jon dent (@jon306) January 15, 2020
Thelwell was brandished a ‘clueless donkey’ while others asked him to get out of the club, and Fosun were told to dip into their pockets to spend money otherwise the season is finished.
Several members of the travelling support then noted the strength of their bench as a serious concern as a result…
Our bench is pitiful. Hang your head in shame, Thelwell.
— Ashley Nixon 🇪🇺 (@ashleynixon95) January 15, 2020
— cliff (@elcliff85) January 15, 2020
Our season in 90 mins tonight:
* Player burnout
* Poor bench
* Wasted Chances
* VAR 😡#WWFC
— Gareth Woodberry (@GarethWoodberry) January 15, 2020
Who wants my tickets for Southampton then? Been called to the bench for the game
— Istanboly (@WWFC_Ritual) January 15, 2020
Signings desperately needed for Wolves. 38 games played already with no options off the bench. 😥 #WWFC
— Jake Longworth (@JakeLongworth) January 15, 2020
Our bench is so thin 😫
— Adam Carless 🐺 (@ad_wwfc) January 15, 2020
Thelwell was told to hang his head in shame because of how weak it appeared to be.
‘Thin’ and ‘poor’ were two other words used to describe just how bad the options were at Nuno’s disposal.
It has led to calls from other sections of the Molineux faithful for the club to start making signings with a little over two weeks still remaining in the January transfer window.
by my count that's now 5 players we need with Vinagre injured. We are really in danger of ruining all the good work from earlier on in the season. Not normally one to criticise the club but Thelwell and Shi, currently, have a lot to answer for
— Simon (@sigarner_86) January 15, 2020
Desperately need some signings before the window closes…bringing MGW and Vinagre on isn't going to win you a game #wwfc
— Phil Weatherill (@PhilWeatherill) January 15, 2020
Oskar Buur – 21
Ruben Vinagre – 20
Gibbs-White – 19
— Wilko🐺 (@Moutinho57) January 15, 2020
Need signings, ASAP without a doubt #wwfc lacked so much quality when attacking.
— Thomas Parsons (@TomJPars) January 15, 2020
Their calls were epitomised by claims that the squad was ‘desperate’ for additions.
The only two pieces of business Wolves have completed so far this month is the departures of Patrick Cutrone and Jesus Vallejo, who both would have been interesting options off the bench had they still been at the club.
Call yourself a Wolves expert? How much did each of these January signings cost?