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

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Full-back Antonio Valencia is still at least a week away, so he will remain on the sidelines.

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. Marouane Fellaini is also back in the squad, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains on the sidelines whilst David De Gea is rested.

That opener flattened out the game as United looked comfortable in possession, but Romelu Lukaku struck in stoppage time to double the lead and seal progression to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.

Jesse Lingard has continued the rich vein of form which saw him win Manchester United's Player of The Month award for December into 2018.

Manchester United (4-3-3): Romero; Lindelof, Jones, Rojo, Blind; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Lingard, Rashford, Mata.

Rashford nodded against a post after being set up by Mkhitaryan ten minutes before the break, before heading straight at Carson - this time from a Mata delivery.

Pogba tried to break the deadlock from a free-kick, but Scott Carson was equal to it in the Derby goal.

It was a huge relief for a United side that appeared destined for a frustrating third-round replay having wasted a glut of chances, and Lukaku made sure of the win in the closing stages.

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

Attack: Romelu Lukaku is back in contention after being left out of the trip to Everton as a precaution following a clash of heads against Southampton.

Rashford hit the left side of post with a right-footed shot in the 70th minute from the right side of the box after neatly inter-changing passes with Lingard.

Lukaku played the ball into Lingard's path, and the attacking midfielder hit an unstoppable shot into the top-right corner.


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