Lukaku and Fellaini updates for Derby, Mourinho without four stars

Jan 06, 2018, 01:54
Lukaku and Fellaini updates for Derby, Mourinho without four stars

Jesse Lingard scored his fourth goal in as many games and substitute Romelu Lukaku added a stoppage time effort as Manchester United reached the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-0 home win over Championship side Derby County on Friday.

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.

England midfielder Lingard let fly from outside the area with six minutes remaining for his fifth goal in his past six outings to finally break the resistance of the spirited Rams.

The away side's only challenging attempt on target came straight afterwards, as Johnny Russell's cross from the left found the head of Marcus Olsson, and Sergio Romero had to work to direct the effort over the crossbar.

Pogba tried to break the deadlock from a free-kick, but Scott Carson was equal to it in the Derby goal. However, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia will be unavailable because of injury issues.

Fans have recently grown impatient with not only the style of play United are producing under Jose Mourinho this season, but more importantly the results.

Three minutes later, Pogba had a chance to send United ahead but his curling shot from just outside the box towards the top corner missed wide.

However, with a replay suiting neither side both teams pushed forward for a victor and Lingard hit a great strike six minutes from time to put United ahead.

The Red Devils hit the woodwork again minutes later from Romelu Lukaku's header, but a goal wouldn't have counted anyway as the big Belgian was ruled offside.

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

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.