Derby County 0-3 Manchester United: No joy for Wayne Rooney as Odion Ighalo scores twice

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Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo says he “doesn’t care what anybody says” about his surprise move to Old Trafford after his two goals ensured an all-Premier League FA Cup quarter-final line-up and comfortable win at Derby County.

January signing Ighalo again showed why his shock acquisition in January may yet prove to be shrewd business with two smart finishes to book a tie with Norwich at Carrow Road later this month.

The 30-year-old now has three goals from just two starts and he overshadowed a reunion with United’s all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney at Pride Park.

“As long as my team-mates believe in me, the boss believes in me and the fans believe in me, I just have to keep going,” Ighalo said.

“I don’t care what anyone says. We want to keep the momentum going and make sure we do great this season.”

Rooney had his name chanted throughout by the thousands of away fans and came close with two fine free-kicks.

But from the moment left-back Luke Shaw’s deflected opener flew in the Premier League side were able to cruise into the last eight.

United have won the FA Cup 12 times – one behind Arsenal’s record haul – while Derby have now played in six fifth-round ties since 1999 and failed to reach the quarter-finals on each occasion.

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Roving Rooney still an influence

Rooney scored 253 goals for Manchester United before leaving in 2017 and has still never scored against them throughout his career.

The 34-year-old twice went close from free-kicks though, twice denied by excellent saves from Sergio Romero.

Rooney, who led his new side in a pre-match huddle, has moved from the rampaging teenage striker who was compared to Pele at his 2004 peak to a deep-lying midfielder who started the last time United won this trophy in 2016.

For Derby he was in a similar midfield role, shielded from too much running duties by the youth of Max Bird and Louie Sibley alongside him. The duo have a combined age of just 37 and were toddlers when Rooney was announcing himself on the world stage.

Despite a lack of mobility Rooney still remains an influence. Not only were his two free-kicks a threat, he was at the heart of their two other best second-half chances.

First, a sweeping 50-yard crossfield pass found Jayden Bogle, and his cross was headed wide by Martyn Waghorn. And then an even better ball from inside his own half released Rams sub Jack Marriott, but Romero was once again equal to the effort.

“Everyone loves Wayne, all the supporters at Manchester United appreciate what he did,” said United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“He played well. He shows class and sometimes he has too much time on the ball for my liking.”

Rooney can now turn his attentions towards helping Derby up the Championship table – although a play-off push looks ambitious at this stage.

Nine unbeaten for improving United

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Solskjaer – twice an FA Cup winner as a player – has now stitched together a nine-game unbeaten run to move within sight of a place at Wembley and potentially a place in the Champions League.

January signing Bruno Fernandes was again clearly a step above, a constant threat at the top of their midfield, while Shaw had an excellent game at full-back.

He hit the fortuitous opener after Fernandes had a shot blocked, volleying down into the ground. The ball appeared to take a touch off the back of Jesse Lingard and loop over the head of Rams keeper Kelle Roos and in.

Another driving run from Shaw then saw him pick out Ighalo inside the area and the former Watford man got the better of two half-hearted challenges from Craig Forsyth and Max Lowe to poke home.

Shaw had a shot saved by Roos in the second half after fine play from Fernandes, and Ighalo lashed his second into the roof of the net after his initial shot was blocked to seal the win.

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“When you get strikers in you want them to be happy and confident,” Solskjaer said.

“Ighalo has come in here and of course we still have a few injuries and it is great for us to have Odion to call upon. He is a different striker for us and scores some good goals, there are not many who could dig that one out for his first.”

United’s progress means that all eight remaining sides are from the top flight for only the fifth time – after 1894-95, 1895-96, 1995-96 and 2005-06.

Man of the match – Luke Shaw (Manchester United)

Nine in a row – the key stats

  • Manchester United have won each of their last nine FA Cup meetings with Derby County, a run of victories stretching back to March 1948.
  • Derby County have failed to win each of their last 13 home games against top-flight clubs in the FA Cup when the Rams themselves were playing outside of the top tier (D5 L8), including three defeats to Man Utd in this spell.
  • Manchester United are unbeaten in nine matches across all competitions (W6 D3), keeping seven clean sheets and conceding just two goals in total in this run.
  • Derby County have lost a competitive game at Pride Park by more than one goal for the first time since November 2018 when they lost a Championship fixture 0-3 to Aston Villa.
  • Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo has scored in consecutive starts in all competitions for an English club for the first time since December 2015 for Watford, when he scored in four in a row; tonight was also his first double for an English side since December 2015 against Liverpool for the Hornets.

What’s next?

Derby host Blackburn Rovers on Sunday afternoon (15:00 GMT) in the Championship while United are at home to rivals City in the Manchester derby, also on Sunday (16:30 GMT).

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Match Stats

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Match ends, Derby County 0, Manchester United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 0, Manchester United 3.

Booking

Brandon Williams (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Brandon Williams (Manchester United).

Jayden Bogle (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Derby County. Wayne Rooney tries a through ball, but Jack Marriott is caught offside.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Sergio Romero.

Attempt saved. Wayne Rooney (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Scott McTominay (Manchester United).

Jason Knight (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Odion Ighalo (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jason Knight.

Attempt missed. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Marriott (Derby County).

Attempt saved. Jason Knight (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Graeme Shinnie.

Attempt missed. Andreas Pereira (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Diogo Dalot.

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Max Bird (Derby County).

Attempt blocked. Morgan Whittaker (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Morgan Whittaker (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Juan Mata.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Graeme Shinnie replaces Louie Sibley.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Brandon Williams replaces Luke Shaw.

Attempt blocked. Louie Sibley (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Sergio Romero.

Attempt saved. Jack Marriott (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

Attempt missed. Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Andreas Pereira.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Anthony Martial replaces Fred.

Foul by Andreas Pereira (Manchester United).

Max Lowe (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Odion Ighalo.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 0, Manchester United 3. Odion Ighalo (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Odion Ighalo (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Mata.

Attempt missed. Andreas Pereira (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Diogo Dalot.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jack Marriott replaces Martyn Waghorn.

Offside, Manchester United. Fred tries a through ball, but Juan Mata is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Andreas Pereira replaces Bruno Fernandes.

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