FA Cup match report Manchester United v Derby County 05 January 2018


Manchester United qualified for the fourth round of the English FA Cup after defeating hard fighting Championship side Derby County 2-0 at Old Trafford on Friday.

This match could've been seen as a last chance for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to fight for his place, playing in his favoured central position against lower league opposition, but once again he didn't have the best of halves. But Sam Winnall failed to profit as he dragged his shot wide.

Marcus Rashford found space around the box after combing well with Lingard in the 17th minute but his shot sailed over the bar.

As the end of the first-half approached, United were set up in a 2-1-7 formation with Ander Herrera sat in front of Smalling and Blind while Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelöf became impromptu wingers.

Ashley Young is suspended after being slapped with a three-game ban for an elbow against Southampton while Antonio Valencia isn't due to resume training until next week following a hamstring injury.

Jesse Lingard sent United ahead in the 84th minute, before Romelu Lukaku netted in the 90th minute as Derby's resistance was eventually broken.

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Manchester United had the first attempt on goal through captain Pogba firing a straight shot at Carson in the second minute.

The barrage continued and Pogba wastefully side-footed wide with the goal gaping when following up Lingard's saved effort, before Derby finally yielded with six minutes to play.

Lukaku was next to head wide on 55 minutes, before Thomas Lawrence forced a diving save from Romero.

Scott Carson pulled off another save to deny Jesse Lingard from the edge of the area before Paul Pogba trickled an terrible effort wide on the rebound.

Not to be outdone, Lukaku then played a good give-and-go with Anthony Martial before tucking his shot under the advancing Carson to secure United's passage to the FA Cup fourth round.