While Wolverhampton’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United may have been a surprise to some, the reality is that it was yet another win over a top-six club in the Premier League this season.
Wolves are currently the best-placed club outside the top six, and what makes their strong standing even more remarkable is that they were promoted from the Championship only last season. They were just one-point away from reaching a century, however many were uncertain about whether they would carry their strong form into the Premier League. Despite this, they are in 7th position and are currently in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
One of their strengths is their ability to match it with the top clubs in the league. They have defeated Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United so far this season, while they were successful over Manchester United again in the FA Cup. They also managed draws against United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, with most of these coming away from home.
Despite their success against the stronger clubs, they would be disappointed to lose against some of the teams towards the bottom of the table. They lost to Championship-bound Huddersfield on two occasions, fell 2-0 to Burnley and were defeated by Cardiff earlier in the season. Being able to stay consistent will be a task to work on heading into next season.
Manager Nuno Espirito Santo has done a fantastic job on and off the field, with some of his signings standing out.
Rui Patricio, who has 79 caps for Portugal, has had a strong season in goals and is a quality goalkeeper. Wolves also acquired Willy Boly from Porto, and so far the defender has made strong performances in 30 league matches this season. Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Raul Jimenez and Jonny are some other names with high pedigree that have helped the club perform the way that they have.
Wolves have some interesting matches to finish off the season, and they will have the belief to possibly win them. They host Arsenal later this month, before travelling to Anfield on the final day to play Liverpool, who could possibly be looking to seal the Premier League title. However, their next match is their FA Cup semi-final against Watford, and a win would see them in the final.
Regardless of what happens, Wolves have certainly exceeded expectations and if they manage to remain in seventh position at the conclusion of the season, it would be a fantastic result for the side fresh from winning the Championship.